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 Monday, 16th May 2011, 15:04:11

New government targets on carbon emissions could see boost for cloud hosting services

New government targets on carbon emissions could see boost for cloud hosting services

Cloud hosting services could be increasingly used by businesses in the coming years as the government makes plans to strengthen its carbon emission targets.

Under plans announced yesterday (May 15th), the coalition is looking to increase energy-saving targets, which already stand at a 34 per cent reduction by 2020.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that new targets could mean that carbon emissions could halve in 2025, compared to levels set in 1990 - suggesting more cloud services could be used.

Robin McKie, writing for the Observer, said that now the next decade is important in helping protect the environment and improve Britain's economy.

"The new carbon budget gives Britain a chance to cut its emissions bill, establish energy security for the nation for the next century – and develop a range of new industries," he said.

"The last on this list is arguably the most important – and the most vulnerable."

South Korea said last week (May 11th) that it hopes to be a leader in cloud computing by 2015.

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