We still take any necessary actions to ensure that we minimise the impact of our operations on the surrounding environment.
Running and maintaining our IT infrastructure is the main source of our environmental impact. This supports our platform and ensures we’re able to maintain a consistently high level of platform uptime.
Powering and cooling our datacentres results in the majority of our power usage and energy costs. As such, we regularly update our hardware and software as appropriate to save money and energy.
For example, we have been replacing a number of our rack servers with new blade technology. This has enabled us to integrate power and cooling technologies across the server estate, producing a considerable saving in energy and costs. Any legacy hardware is recycled in accordance with our internal policy, with any data securely destroyed beforehand.
After our datacentres, our global offices are the second-largest consumer of energy. We apply a number of energy-saving processes and have a far-reaching recycling policy, which extends to our IT equipment when we replace hardware.
Our head office building, where more than half of our employees are based, is ISO 14001 certified, and we complement this with our own sensorlighting to reduce our energy use. Our newly opened offices in Dubai and Geneva use PIR technology, and we invest in the most energy‑efficient personal computers and peripherals.
The global nature of our business means our people have to travel around the world. We have taken steps to minimise these journeys by installing state-of-the-art video-conferencing equipment in nine of our global locations.