One more year, and it’s been three, Apple is considered as the technology company that most respects the environment by the environmental organization Greenpeace.
In 2012, Apple committed to making a transition to 100 percent renewable energy in all of its operations. Among its efforts is the construction of its new headquarters, which will soon be operational and has about 700,000 square feet of solar panels (about 65,032 square meters).
Greenpeace notes in its report that ” Apple has played a catalytic role within its supply chain, pushing other data centres and their suppliers to follow its example in using renewable energy for their operations “. This is certainly beneficial for everyone given the size of Apple’s suppliers and their enormous energy consumption.
According to the report, the energy footprint of the IT sector is approximately 7% of the world’s electricity . This is a significant figure, but given that global Internet traffic is expected to triple by 2020, this figure could grow very significantly in the coming years, making the commitment of major companies in the sector to using renewable energy increasingly important.
Other technology giants such as Google and Facebook have also received very good scores , placing second and third in the report respectively.
On the opposite side we find Netflix . The company dedicated to video streaming has obtained some lousy ratings despite representing a third of all Internet traffic in North America, which makes it a very large company in terms of energy needs. Netflix has not issued any kind of public commitment for the use of renewable energies, nor does it regularly provide data on the energy consumed, greenhouse gas emissions or its energy mix in its global operations.