Cloud computing is a boon to any business that needs to manage or process large amounts of data on a regular basis. That’s the good part. The bad part is that any server requires electricity to run, with energy usage typically increasing as the complexity of a task is increased, and that is causing greenhouse gas emissions.
As a general rule, the more memory, storage, or processing power you use in the cloud, the more electricity it requires. Unless you can reduce your usage of any of those factors, you should consider carbon offsetting your cloud computing emissions.
Whether you’re using Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure, it’s relatively easy to calculate your emissions. From there, all you need is an account with Offsetta to neutralize your emissions correspondingly.