Did You Know The Internet Is One Of The World's Largest Polluters?
The internet industry consumes enormous amounts of energy. The backbone of the internet are data centers which hold millions of large servers, stacked on top of each other in racks and they are powered up and running all day every day.
These servers consume enormous of energy and to make sure that they do not over heat and fail, they are blasted with arctic temperature air all day every day.
In fact 40% of all of the energy used to power the internet is used to keep those servers from overheating.
Data centers worldwide all pull energy from whatever power grid they rely on. Most energy in our power grids are produced by carbon polluting sources.
In 2012 there were 500,000 data centers worldwide. Today there are over 8 million data centers worldwide, an increase of 16 fold in 7 years.
The Internet is the fastest growing carbon polluting industry and it will eclipse all other industries in terms of worldwide pollution.
Today, data centers account for 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, that is as much as the AIRLINE INDUSTRY!
But it doesn’t stop there.
Data Center pollution is expected to grow to 14% of the world’s carbon emissions, as much as the United States of America, by 2040.
This is a massive problem and it is only getting worse.
Our Commitmment to Help Solve This Problem
Since I first read about this potential problem in 2005 I was determined that I needed to do something. So I made a commitment to use the most eco-friendly green web hosting company in the World and to exposing this huge problem.
Our hosting service has been recognized by the United States Environmental Protection Agency since 2009 as a Green Power Partner.
They work with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) in Portland, Oregon. “BEF” is a Green-e Partner.
They tell BEF how many servers, personnel, etc. that they have and BEF calculates their yearly energy consumption and carbon footprint. They then have BEF purchase RECs 3 times as much than they have consumed, and they put that energy back into the grid.
This matches the energy they consume as well as 2 other companies their size. This is our commitment to the environment and to our customers and has been since the beginning.
To further our commitment to the environment, they work with One Tree Planted to plant trees across the globe. For every hosting account that they provision on their platform, they’ll plant one tree.