We live in an era of environmental concern, with more and more businesses looking into ways to make their services better for the world around us. One area which you may not have come across yet – or even thought about – is green Internet hosting.
There are various green hosting companies on the Internet at the moment and the number is likely to grow in the coming years. Exactly how they tailor their businesses to green concerns will depend on each individual company, but there are several recurring elements in their approaches. They will usually rely on servers which use wind power or other forms of sustainable energy, and may also take part in carbon offsetting schemes.
Internet servers produce large amounts of CO2 on a regular basis so this move to sustainable alternatives by green hosting providers is heartening. Unfortunately, at the time of writing there is no official body regulating green hosting and so, in some cases, a hosting provider which appears to be environmentally friendly may turn out to be too good to be true. It is also true that green hosting providers are, generally speaking, not amongst the cheapest hosts on the market; you may end up paying a bit more for the service.
Be that as it may, green hosting is definitely a step in the right direction. The entire field of green businesses will face growing pains as it strikes a balance between environmental ethics and workable business practices, but in time it could well cement itself as a vital part of the world’s industries. Green hosting is a particular commendable endeavour as it concentrates on an area which many of us take for granted – the unseen world of Internet servers. So, if you are concerned about the impact of business on the environment and are looking for a company to host your website, perhaps you should give green hosting a look.