21 Apr '11, 4pm

Why You Should Ignore the Greenpeace IT Rankings: Greenpeace today released a report that claims to "dig up th...

Why You Should Ignore the Greenpeace IT Rankings: Greenpeace today released a report that claims to "dig up th...

Greenpeace today released a report that claims to "dig up the dirt" on the rapidly growing chunk of the world's energy being consumed by datacenters and large IT companies. Naturally, they are publicizing it over the internet. Greenpeace has a partial point here. The web and computers do consume quite a bit of power. Datacenters account for 3 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. and nearly 1.5 percent to 2 percent worldwide. Energy consumption in these sectors is growing at 12 percent a year. And these industries could stand to buy more renewable power. "If the internet was a country, it would rank 5th for the amount of electricity usage, just below Japan and above Russia. But unlike geographical states, the internet's datacenters can be found all over the world, clustering in locations that offer strong tax incentives and cheap, but often dirty, electricity," the re...

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