COP26: The risky gamble on big-tech and hyperscale cloud providers

Published: 11/8/2021

Last updated: 11/11/2022

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its fifth assessment report in late 2014, preparing the way for the Paris climate conference the following year. The analysis concluded with a stunning verdict: human-induced global warming has resulted in a 1°C increase in the global mean temperature relative to pre-industrial levels. The panel advised that this increase be kept under 2°C to reduce the consequences of rising temperatures and avert disaster. This, however, will entail halving global CO2 emissions by 2030 and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 – an audacious goal that constitutes the main bone of contention at the ongoing COP26.

Last week, tech companies and hyperscale cloud service providersmade headlines over commitments to net-zero carbon emissions within defined timeframes, ostensibly leading the industrial charge towards achieving the sub-2°C goal.

A misplaced trust?

At a time when political leaders seem powerless to take environmental action, attention has been turned to industry leaders to lead the charge on climate change. But this is hardly a new gamble. Since 2015, hyperscale cloud companies and big techhave made resounding pledges to either achieve net-zero emissions or eradicate their entire carbon history. Ambitious targets without a clear roadmap towards fulfilment.

Just five weeks ago,a stunning report on big-tech climate policy revealed just 6% of lobbying activity is aimed at climate policy. For perspective, big oil and gas companies post significantly better figures. The report concluded: “this strong pro-climate rhetoric is not being matched by action at a policy level”.

Incentivizing environment-friendly cloud technology
There has been much talk about the need to incentivize new technologies that will reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and safeguard the environment. Relying on hyperscale cloud service providers to incentivize technologies that will harm their current business models is a reckless strategy, to say the least. A better option is to support decentralised ecosystems that innovatively create smart solutions for computation and storage needs. TheCudos network aims to provide a decentralized cloud alternative that enables you to access highly efficient and sustainable cloud computing resources. Additionally, the Cudos platform will connect developers and users. As a result, we’re lowering the reliance on costly, energy-intensive hyperscale firms while also contributing to the democratization of cloud computing.

How you can contribute

You can make a huge contribution to resolving this issue. By collaborating with us, you may contribute to the development of an eco-friendly and innovative cloud environment.

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Collectively, we can create a decentralized, open, and climate-friendly cloud architecture that is sensitive to the environmental challenges of our world.

About Cudo Compute

Cudo Compute is a fairer cloud computing platform for everyone. It provides access to distributed resources by leveraging underutilised computing globally on idle data centre hardware. It allows users to deploy virtual machines on the world’s first democratised cloud platform, finding the optimal resources in the ideal location at the best price.

Cudo Compute aims to democratise the public cloud by delivering a more sustainable economic, environmental, and societal model for computing by empowering businesses and individuals to monetise unused resources.

Our platform allows organisations and developers to deploy, run and scale based on demands without the constraints of centralised cloud environments. As a result, we realise significant availability, proximity and cost benefits for customers by simplifying their access to a broader pool of high-powered computing and distributed resources at the edge.

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