Data Centers And Renewable Energy: Which Data Centers Made The Grade?
Data Centers and Renewable Energy: Which Data Centers Made the Grade?
Data centers often aim to be sustainable and energy efficient both to help the planet and to save money. But, aside from the internal benefits of these improvements, data centers also get graded on their environmental efficiency by outside agencies. The well-known environmental protection group Greenpeace is one organization that gives out an annual “Clicking Clean” report, ranking tech companies on their use of renewable power and their encouragement of other tech companies to also be environmentally-aware.
Wondering about the factors considered in the report and how well-known companies fared? Here, we’ll talk about the most important factors of Greenpeace’s recently-released 2016 report.
What is the significance of the report?
Data centers use somewhere around seven percent of the world’s energy. That’s a significant amount of energy, meaning that environmentally-conscious data centers are very important to Greenpeace. The nonprofit uses a clean energy index to determine which data centers are using clean energy most effectively. The factors include companies’ use of renewable research, hydroelectric power, and clean energy advocacy. Additionally, data centers are weighed on how openly they discuss their energy sources and plans for energy-aware futures.
What companies fared well in the report?
Four years ago, three major American companies — Facebook, Google, and Apple — said they would reach 100% renewable resources over time. In the 2016 report, these three companies received “A” grades, the highest mark on Greenpeace’s report.
What companies didn’t do as well?
Microsoft and Salesforce data centers received middling grades — “B’s” — on the report.
A company that did perhaps surprisingly poorly was Amazon Web Services (AWS), receiving a “C” grade. While the company has made efforts to improve its energy use by making deals with wind farms, AWS received a very negative rating — an “F” — for transparency. Greenpeace noted that it didn’t know if AWS was on the road to using more renewable energy because of dirty energy deals made recently in Virginia.
Four data centers also received overall failing grades from Greenpeace. These included American DuPont Fabros Technology and three Korean data centers: Korea Telecom, LG, and SK.
Even if your data center won’t get graded by Greenpeace, it still makes good sense to consider — and reduce — your environmental footprint. If you decide to move locations to a data center that helps you save energy, Silverback Data Center Solutions will ensure that your move is safe, reliable, and efficient. With our customizable data center relocation service, you can rest assured that your project will be well-documented and well-planned, as well as know that your equipment will be professionally installed.
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