Leading internet firms rely on coal energy

A failure by leading internet firms to commit to clean energy use in data centres is preventing the sector from being truly green, says a study by campaign group Greenpeace

A failure by leading internet firms to commit to clean energy use in data centres is preventing the sector from being truly green, says a study by campaign group Greenpeace.1

The reliance of Akamai, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo on coal-fired electricity generation was investigated.

Greenpeace found Apple, Facebook and IBM depend on coal for over 50% of their energy needs, although some of the firms dispute this. It says the firms’ failure to prioritise access to clean and renewable energy infrastructure when locating data centres is to blame.

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