It’s no secret that organisations of all sizes have sustainability targets. Companies are increasingly aware of their carbon footprint and are actively looking at ways to minimize it. According to Gartner, 86% of business leaders see sustainability as an investment which protects their organisation from disruption. In the same research, four out of five leaders said that sustainability helped their organisation to reduce costs. 

 

While making progress towards these goals often means coming up with an ESG (environmental, social and governance) strategy, it’s not always easy to make progress. One of the biggest challenges in sustainability is a lack of visibility. When you combine this with the fact that there’s a shortage of specialised skills in this area and the regulatory environment is only getting more complex, the path to achieving these sustainability targets can seem overwhelming. 

 

The transition to a more sustainable IT infrastructure is not just a trend but a necessity in how businesses operate 

 

Sustainability Insight Centre

 

HPE’s Sustainability Insight Centre, which is accessible through the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform, provides energy and carbon emissions reporting through a unified dashboard to empower customers to make impactful changes, lower costs and achieve their sustainable IT goals. By analysing consumption, emissions and power costs across multi-vendor and multi-cloud estates, HPE’s Sustainability Insight Centre provides a current view of the total energy consumption for IT devices that have data sources supplied by HPE GreenLake, including information regarding greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and costs associated with your energy consumption. This tool provides real-time visibility into energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, enabling organisations to make informed decisions and implement changes that drive sustainability. 

 

Super (sustainable) computing

 

HPE is also setting new standards in sustainability with its supercomputing solutions ensuring that the future of compute is not only powerful but environmentally responsible. To date, HPE has built four of the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers, including the exascale systems Frontier and Aurora. These supercomputers not only deliver unparalleled performance but also prioritise energy efficiency, supporting crucial research in fields like drug discovery and renewable energy while minimizing environmental impact. HPE’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its dominance on the Green500 list, which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers worldwide. Seven of the top 10 systems on this list are HPE-built, featuring innovations like direct liquid cooling to significantly reduce power consumption. 

 

AI for sustainability

 

In the AI era, sustainable practices are necessary as AI’s computational demands significantly impact energy consumption. Large Language Models (LLMs), for example, use a massive amount of energy. One researcher from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam found that a single LLM interaction could consume as much power as leaving a low-brightness LED lightbulb on for one hour. 

 

With 67% of organizations already using generative AI products that rely on LLMs, designing and deploying intelligent, high-availability, low-power computing infrastructure is critical for containing the cost and energy requirements of utilizing AI. OpsRamp, which is now included as part of every new HPE GreenLake deployment, ensures that organisations can continuously optimise their IT environments for energy efficiency. Together, the Sustainability Insight Centre and OpsRamp enables organisations to gain key insights on three important IT sustainability factors —energy consumption, carbon emissions, and electricity costs—across a company’s entire IT estate, regardless of what vendor is supplying the hardware and software. 

 

Creating smarter IT lifecycles

 

Today, it’s important to understand the trade-offs of tech refresh cycles, both in terms of costs and carbon. Five years ago, HPE was the first in the IT industry to provide Circular Economy Reports to customers and over the last three years, HPE Financial Services (HPEFS) has infused $1.1 billion back to customers from upcycling and migration programs. Across a combination of two HPE Technology Renewal Centres and a global network of trusted partners, HPE processed 4.2 million assets last year, proving that by aligning IT plans with sustainability goals, driving efficiency, reducing overprovisioning and minimising e-waste is achievable.

 

For decades, HPE has been focused on building one of the most innovative sustainable IT portfolios – not only to transforming its own business, but helping customers to advance their own sustainability missions. As a global technology vendor in today’s digital-first economy, HPE is positioned to help organisations with the expertise and solutions to reduce the footprint of IT while expanding the positive transformative impacts that technology can deliver. 

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