Environmental sustainability is a shared responsibility between customers and AWS. AWS is responsible for sustainability of the cloud; delivering efficient, shared infrastructure, water stewardship and sourcing renewable power. Customers are responsible for sustainability in the cloud, optimizing workloads and resource utilization.

Sustainability shared responsibility model

The labs in this workshop focus on sustainability in the cloud.

Sustainability in the cloud

Sustainability in the cloud is a continuous effort focused primarily on energy reduction and efficiency across all components of a workload by achieving the maximum benefit from the resources provisioned and minimizing the total resources required. This effort can range from the initial selection of an efficient programming language, adoption of modern algorithms, use of efficient data storage techniques, deploying to correctly sized and efficient compute infrastructure, and minimizing requirements for high-powered end-user hardware.

Design principles for sustainability in the cloud

Apply these design principles when architecting your cloud workloads to maximize sustainability and minimize impact.

  • Understand your impact
  • Establish your sustainability goals
  • Maximise utilization
  • Anticipate and adopt new, more efficient hardware and software offerings
  • Use managed services
  • Reduce the downstream impact of your cloud workloads

For more information about sustainability at AWS, please visit Sustainability in the Cloud and read the AWS Well-Architected Sustainability Pillar whitepaper .