We put a lot of time and effort into optimising our digital effectiveness, including the effectiveness of our datacentre hardware. This includes, but is not limited to, regularly following up on any hardware equipment that has reached the end of its life and replacing it with newer and more energy efficient hardware. When hardware is replaced, we either donate or recycle the equipment. We make great efforts to have the best possible utilisation rate, and we strive towards only switching on equipment for important business functions.
In addition, we continuously update our algorithms for automation of our digital processes, so that routines become faster and more efficient, resulting in lower energy consumption. We aim to have a very high level of virtualisation. As of 2021 our virtualisation rate is close to 95%. A high virtualisation rate means that we have collected as many workloads as possible on as few energy consuming hardware elements as possible.