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Greenpeace calls for Internet companies to use renewable energy in data centres

From DatacenterDynamics:

Following its public outburst criticizing Facebook’s choice of location for its new Oregon data center, and more specifically the power supplier that provides power in the area, environmentalist group Greenpeace is going after all services provided over the Internet, referring to them cumulatively as “cloud.”

Citing electricity-usage and carbon-emission statistics in a 2008 report by the Climate Group, a non-profit organization that lists many prominent corporations and city, regional and state governments from around the world, Greenpeace’s new report titled Make IT Green calls for companies that provide services over the Internet to build their data centers in areas where power is generated by more renewable sources, such as hydro, wind or solar.

The group also calls on market leaders, such as Facebook and Google, to use their power to advocate for changes to government climate policies.

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