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How tech leaders rank in use of renewables

Samira Sarraf | July 31, 2017
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who are the greenest tech players of them all?

Green power as a per cent of total electricity use: 14 per cent

Green power resources: Wind

 

Honourable mentions

Other notable technology companies ranked by the EPA that don't consume as much power as the top 10, but draw 100 per cent of their energy needs or more from renewable sources include SAP America, Workday, Autodesk, Acer America and Netflix, which somehow sources 298 per cent of its energy requirements from renewables.

At the same time, some tech companies still appear to have a long way to go, with Lenovo claiming 35 per cent of its energy needs from green sources, Nokia just eight per cent and VMware with about half. 

Additionally, Salesforce gets 30 per cent of its energy from green sources and Pitney Bowes claims 40 per cent, according to the EPA.

Number seven on the list, Equinix, was recently named as the top data centre operator in Cloudscene’s Q2 leaderboard, which ranks the top ten data centre operators in Oceania, Asia, EMEA and North America.

In January, Greenpeace International said Apple, Google, Facebook and Switch are among the companies taking the greatest strides towards 100 per cent renewable energy, while Netflix, Amazon Web Services and Samsung were lagging.

"Amazon continues to talk a good game on renewables but is keeping its customers in the dark on its energy decisions. This is concerning, particularly as Amazon expands into markets served by dirty energy," said Greenpeace USA senior IT analyst, Gary Cook, said at the time.

 

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