As going green becomes more and more trendy, the tech industry is battling each other to see who can lead the way to a sustainable future. In no particular order, here are the top 10 software/tech companies that are making strong efforts to be the first to have their efforts run on 100 percent renewable energy.
Utilizing more than 1.3 billion kWh of green power annually, Microsoft is one of the greenest companies in the world. Microsoft claims it is already powered by 40-45 percent renewable energy sources, and recently announced that its data centers globally would be powered by 50 percent renewable energy by 2018.
Amazon plans to build a 253MW wind farm in the U.S. to to power its massive cloud operations. The project marks the company’s fifth and largest renewable energy plant to date. Amazon claims that 40 percent of Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) energy needs would be met by renewable sources by the end of 2016.
This green tech company utilizes a massive 3,102,050,000 kWh of renewable energy annually. It uses energy from a number of different sources, such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass and even operates 18 on-site solar panels with a capacity of 7,000 kW.
Google has been a carbon neutral company since 2007 and utilizes 737,364,727 kWh of green energy annually. Its data centers use roughly half the energy than a typical data center. Google also commits massive amounts of time and money to find better sources of energy.
Facebook too plans to use renewables sources to meet 50 percent of its data center power needs by 2018.
Apple isn’t the largest consumer of renewable energy, but is certainly one of the most efficient. It too aims to have a neutral carbon footprint very soon. It has purchased several solar farms to make its data centers entirely sustainable and inches closer to making all of its retail stores fully green as well.
- Sony Corporation of America
Sony currently gets 37 percent of its energy from green sources, impressive for such a large company. Sony’s number one principle is to reduce its negative environmental impact.
Sprint has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2017, the first company to announce such a plan. The company also aims to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent.
Dell holds all of its products to high environmental standards and sources smart, sustainable materials. Nearly half of energy used by Dell is green at 228,262,000 kWh annually.
- Cisco Systems
Cisco recently announced plans to reduce electricity emissions to 50 percent by 2017 and have its global energy usage be 25 percent renewable through the end of the 2017 fiscal year.