UK Grid offers carbon neutral data centres

November 19, 2010

UK Grid, the Manchester-based IT hosting business, has launched a renewables arm to win business from other data centre providers looking to offset their carbon production.

UK Grid, which will open its fifth data centre in Manchester in January, has a 250-acre farm in Scotland where it has already planted 100,000 trees to absorb the carbon produced by its data centres, which are notoriously energy-hungry.

It has also invested -£2m in a Scottish wind farm and launched a new offshoot, UK Grid Renewables, which will offer a carbon offsetting service to other data centre businesses from 2011.

Chief executive Rob Garbutt said: “Not only have we created the largest portfolio of data centre space in the north, but all of the capacity is carbon neutral. This is something no other company in our sector can provide, and offers our clients and customers an environmentally-sound product.”

UK Grid designs, builds and operates data centres, hosting servers for customers including Arts Council England, Kitbag and Clickandbuy.

It has doubled its turnover every year since it was founded in 2004, with revenues of -£2m in the 12 months to March.