See How This Tech Giant is Leading the Charge in Energy Alternatives
On Thursday, April 6, 2017, the dominant tech company Salesforce achieved a new milestone by designing and implementing wind-powered operating facilities in their data centers and major facilities. Additionally, reports say that the tech giant has invested a large sum of money into alternative clean energy projects in an effort to counteract the use of the world’s remaining fossil fuels.
With the recent changes in environmental government regulation, it is now more important than ever to act on climate change and confront the organization’s growing carbon footprint. Whether you are a major tech organization or a small computer and phone repair shop, it matters.
Although a tech company is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of major contributors to co2 pollution in the ozone, data centers filled with servers consume countless amounts of energy on a daily basis. Additionally, facilities housing software developers, coders, and engineers require a large amount of energy to operate as well. With the tech industry expanding at an exponential rate, if these facilities continue to siphon energy from fossil fuels rather than renewables, the emissions from the branch of work will balloon.
Taking notes from Salesforce’s example, Google has released a statement noting that an astounding 100% of its functioning data centers and facilities will be operating with wind and solar power within the year of 2017. Additionally, Apple is investing in clean alternatives to energy in their own facilities and manufacturing sites.
Salesforce committed to its reduction of carbon emissions back in 2015 as a part of the “Net Zero by 2050” project run by the B Team. By 2017, the company has signed two twelve year agreements to purchase the majority of their required energy from wind farms located in Texas and West Virginia. Combined, these two agreements are estimated to generate the company a total of 225,000 megawatt-hours of electricity yearly. This is just 40,000 megawatt-hours less than the total amount of electricity the company consumed in the previous year.
Overall the company is pleased with its current advancements in environmentally friendly energy. The company has released an adamant statement noting that they have no intention of slowing down their integration of alternative energy sources. The company hopes to be an example for other tech companies to follow in their footsteps and reduce the footprint the industry is leaving on the world.