RAL Space leading UKRI net zero computing goals
29 Nov 2021



RAL Space staff within the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) are leading efforts in the research and innovation sector to reach net zero by 2040.

Part of JASMIN, data intensive super computer

​​Part of JASMIN, data intensive super computer.

Credit: STFC

​​The team will be researching how digital tools used throughout the sector, from supercomputers to phones, will be carbon neutral by 2040. 

The £1.9million scoping project, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, will support UK Research and Innovation's (UKRI) journey towards environmental sustainability and provide a clear roadmap to deliver carbon neutral digital research infrastructure by 2040 or earlier. 

Net zero computing 

CEDA are using scientific research techniques to map out the entire organisation's digital infrastructure. UKRI will then be able to determine the best action to reduce the carbon emissions from data generation, analysis, storage and dissemination. 

The project will cover all the UKRI-owned and majority-funded infrastructure, everything from the national supercomputing centres, like JASMIN the data intensive supercomputer managed by CEDA, to the thousands of smartphones used by staff. 

Dr Martin Juckes, Atmospheric Science and Research lead and deputy head of CEDA, is the project lead. He said: 

“We will set a benchmark for a realistic, rigorously evidenced, ambitiously scheduled, roadmap for the full decarbonisation of all elements of significant national infrastructure. The project will look at both the energy consumed by the computers in use and the impact of the supply chain."

Read the full story on the UKRI website​.

​Check out the project website.