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The energy footprint of the IT sector is estimated at 7% of global electricity consumption, according to Greenpeace International. And, although the data center and colocation industry is a small segment of the IT sector, it represents a large portion of its power consumption. By 2020, the power consumption for operating and cooling data centers is anticipated to reach a staggering 73 billion kWh and will greatly affect CO2
Akamai strives to mitigate the impact of our operations while maximizing and enhancing the benefits of our sustainable business practices. We are working hard to hit our sustainability goals by: creating a more sustainable platform through reducing network energy intensity by way of engineering efficiency, lowering our greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels by sourcing renewable energy and doing our part to ensure 100% of our electronic waste is
Recently, Akamai announced the company's plans to expand its sustainability initiatives through an innovative renewable energy procurement strategy. Unlike many of its peers in the tech industry, Akamai does not operate its own data centers. That means, for example, we don't have roofs on which to install solar panels, which is one key way of generating your own renewable power.
Akamai's purpose is to propel our customers faster forward by making the Internet business-ready: fast, reliable and secure. And now, also green and clean. Today we are committing, by 2020, to reduce our absolute greenhouse gas emissions below 2015 levels by sourcing renewable energy for 50 percent of our network operations.
FIFA World Cup 2014 was one of the largest multimedia sporting events in history . In-person attendance was estimated at more than three and a half million while hundreds of millions of viewers tuned in via TV, Internet, and radio. Akamai's online traffic statistics estimate this year's event to be ten times larger than the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and two and a half times larger than
A cost on carbon is looming in the U.S. as urgency to address climate change intensifies. What are the implications of this for our energy-hungry Cloud industry? California implemented a cap and trade program in 2012 introducing a market-based price tag on carbon pollution(1), currently at $13 per ton. A bill in the U.S. Senate, the Climate Protection Act, would establish a fee on manufacturers, producers and importers of carbon-emitting substances.
Just when I thought the trend toward smaller, more efficient mobile computing was taking us in a greener direction, a recent study by the Center for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) finds, in fact, we're creating a monster. To date, attention to the rapidly expanding energy consumption and concomitant carbon emissions of the Internet has been focused on data centers. A New York Times series targeted the data centers of major Cloud players such
The electric grid experiences the same daily peak demand issues as our freeways and the Internet with everyone wanting power at the same time during the middle of the day. This makes providing power more expensive because extra power plants have to be built to meet this peak demand. Servers that provide the world's Internet content are also their busiest during this peak power period. And with the Internet consuming
Cooling systems represent about seventy percent of a data center's total non-IT energy consumption. Eliminating cooling mechanicals, e.g., CRAC*s and chillers, would be a significant step towards major energy and cost savings when you consider that many data centers consume hundreds and thousands of kilowatts of power - oodles more than office space. But in regions with hot and/or humid climates isn't mechanical air conditioning a necessity to keep IT