Greenpeace today released an update to its “Clicking Clean: A Guide to Building the Green Internet” report, and while Apple continues to lead for renewable energy efforts, Google once again increases its score thanks to new initiatives.
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“Google remains a leader within the sector on the deployment of renewable energy, with a strong combination of procurement, investment, and policy advocacy helping to green the grid even in areas where Google does not have data center operations. Google continues to make progress towards its commitment to be 100% renewably powered, and has outlined clear principles for how it will seek to expand its supply of renewable energy as it continues to grow. Google will need to redouble these efforts in several markets, however, as its ability to access renewable energy is being restricted by monopoly electric utilities in parts of the US as well as in new markets abroad as it continues to expand its global cloud infrastructure.”
In today’s updated report, Greenpeace claims that Google is matching Apple in the deployment of renewable energy in certain markets, but that “its march toward 100% renewable energy is increasingly under threat by monopoly utilities for several data centers including those in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Singapore and Taiwan.”
Greenpeace ranks Yahoo, Facebook and Google behind Apple with 73%, 49% and 46% renewable energy powering their cloud operations. Greenpeace ranks Amazon somewhere around 23% and urges the company to provide more data about the footprint from its data centers and its work to use renewable energy.
Head below for Greenpeace’s full scorecard comparing all companies in the report:
And here’s Google’s score card for its specific data centers compared to Apple (click for full size):
You can read the full updated Greenpeace report here.