• 2017 set to be a milestone year for green datacentres

Powering datacentres requires large amounts of energy and, as such, a number of large cloud service providers have committed to using renewable sources of electricity in order to reduce their carbon footprint. They are also shifting towards more sustainable methods and technologies within datacentres as part of a long-term business strategy.

Google has announced that it’s confident that it will hit its target of using 100% renewable energy for all its datacentres and office-based operations in 2017. While Amazon has claimed it will be halfway towards 100% green datacentres by the end of next year.

In a blog post announcing Google’s commitment to renewables, Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice-president of technical infrastructure, said: “To reach this goal we’ll be directly buying enough wind and solar electricity annually to account for every unit of electricity our operations consume, globally.”

He added that using green energy also makes business sense, commenting: “Electricity costs are one of the largest components of our operating expenses at our datacentres, and having a long-term stable cost of renewable power provides protection against price swings in energy.”