Amazon criticised for dirty data services
A new report from Greenpeace has singled out Amazon for failing to take environmental considerations into their energy purchasing decisions.
The report, Clicking Clean, says that some "internet companies have refused to pay even lip service to sustainability, and are simply buying dirty energy straight from the grid."
"Those companies, most notably Amazon Web Services, are choosing how to power their infrastructure based solely on lowest electricity prices, without consideration to the impact their growing electricity footprints have on human health or the environment."
The report goes onto say that "AWS remains among the dirtiest and least transparent companies in the sector, far behind its major competitors, with zero reporting of its energy or environmental footprint to any source or stakeholder."
Aside from its retail arm Amazon is an important player on the web, providing infrastructure for a number of platforms including Tumblr, Pinterest and Dropbox.
Clicking Clean is a follow up to similar research carried out two years ago. Over this period many of the companies ranked by Greenpeace have made numerous improvement Amazon was one of those who had failed in this respect.
The report states that, "AWS has dropped further and further behind its competitors in building an internet that runs on renewable sources of energy, estimated at only 15%, and is the least transparent of any company we evaluated."
Other companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook are praised for their action in this area with Apple now using 100% renewable sources to power their data services.
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