We started life as a North East headquartered business back in 2000, providing high-skill, high-value jobs, supporting schools, charities and good causes, and playing a full part as a good citizen of the region. We still support our customers through continuous fund-raising, volunteering and sponsorship. Passionate about encouraging young people through apprenticeships and graduate employment, we are proud to say that some of our most senior managers originally joined ITPS as apprentices.
Everyone’s life chances depend on their access to good quality housing, education, healthcare and jobs, and we believe in working together and taking a role in improving social justice across the board.
Many of our customers are focused on delivering the essential services and support that give everyone a chance to live a healthy, fulfilling life. They include housing associations, schools, hospitals, charities, care homes and organisations delivering high impact social projects that change lives in communities across the UK.
At the sharp end, our users include nurses and doctors, teachers, mental health counsellors, housing association staff and numerous other big-hearted people. They’re the real heroes of our story. We simply provide and manage the technology that makes it possible for them to do their thing.
Concern for the future obliges us to find a way to reduce our own and our customers’ carbon footprints to zero, a challenging target for any company operating a data centre. Nonetheless we have a plan.
We don’t claim to use 100% renewable electricity because there’s no such thing. The 100% schemes don’t contribute to investment in renewables and when there is no wind or sunshine, nearly all of the UK’s electricity comes from fossil fuels. At some point the National Grid will deliver a fossil-fuel free generation mix and so between now and then, there are two aspects to carbon reduction for ITPS: efficiency and off-setting.
Our highly efficient data centre has a world class Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2 compared to an average of 1.6 for all UK data centres and 2.0 for customer sites. Moving a server from a customer site to our data centre immediately reduces its carbon footprint by 40%. Our own solar panels will help to cut down carbon still further, providing over half of our total energy consumption at peak times.
We still use power though, for ourselves and for our customers, which comes with a carbon footprint that we need to offset. We believe that the most effective way of doing this is through planting trees, supporting the UK plan to increase forested land from 14.5% to 16.5% by 2050 – that's more than a quarter of a million hectares. So our plan is to plant woods. We’re actively looking for suitable land and working with Forestry England to determine how best to get us and our services to net zero by 2030.
When it comes to sustainability, we must all play our part, as businesses and as individuals. Here at ITPS you can rest assured that we’re working hard to do the right thing.