This led to Jeff Barr’s blog post last Friday. Although Barr didn’t answer the calls directly, he addressed the larger issue within the context of the Greenpeace report’s criteria. “I read James Hamilton’s blog entry “Greenpeace, Renewable Energy and Datacenters” a few weeks ago. I then looked at the Greenpeace report about datacenter power consumption and noticed that it is unusual for an environmental report not to include energy conservation as a primary criteria. Barr did some math on some energy measurements, and made some general observations about cloud computing’s environmental benefits.
- Cloud customers use 77 percent less servers than traditional customers.
- Cloud customers consume 84 percent less power.
- Cloud customers can reduce their carbon emissions by 88%
Barr reiterated the company’s commitment 100 percent renewable energy usage. He also provided some supporting evidence. Barr also pointed to the Sustainable Energy Web page, which updated company information last month. It reported that 25 percent of the company’s energy comes from renewable energy, with 40 percent expected by the end next year. Barr concluded that cloud computing has an environmental argument that is strong. He expects that the overall equation will only improve in the future.