Start-up of the week: Hackney man launches web design firm using 100pc renewable energy

PUBLISHED: 16:56 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:42 17 January 2018

Erjjio founder Ben Clifford in his workspace at Allia Future Business Centre. Picture: Polly Hancock

Erjjio founder Ben Clifford in his workspace at Allia Future Business Centre. Picture: Polly Hancock


The Gazette hunts high and low each week to bring you news of the most interesting new businesses in Hackney. This week, we stepped inside the HQ of Erjjio – the London Fields start-up that makes “green” websites. Confused? Read on.

Ben Clifford (R) and Alex Potter, Allia's 'serious impact accelerator programme manager'. Picture: Polly Hancock Ben Clifford (R) and Alex Potter, Allia's 'serious impact accelerator programme manager'. Picture: Polly Hancock

A trailblazing web design firm that uses 100 per cent renewable energy has been launched in Hackney.

Erjjio (pronounced “ERR-gee-oh”) is the brainchild of Ben Clifford, who has left behind a career in corporate web design to focus on a more environmentally conscious model.

And if you’re wondering what a green website is, Ben can explain.

“When you build a website it is hosted in a data centre,” he said. “They are usually found outside of cities and they have huge stacks of servers where all our data is stored. They need loads of electricity to keep them cooled and online.

“Only about 20pc of the data centres in the world currently use renewable energy – most people don’t realise their website is probably powered by fossil fuels, or that they can choose a green alternative. I’m spreading the word to help solve that.”

So Erjjio creates green websites. And it’s not more expensive, either.

Click here for more information.


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