Cool IT Challenge

The IT sector is uniquely positioned to help the world shift to a prosperous clean energy economy, and the Cool IT Challenge is urging IT companies to put forth innovation, mitigate their own carbon footprint, and advocate for significant policy changes in the mutual interest of business and the climate.

I have always believed that IT is an engine of an efficient economy; it can also drive a greener one.

Michael Dell, Forbes Magazine Nov 2009

Greenpeace launched the Cool IT Challenge in 2009 to call on Information Technology (IT) companies to power technological solutions needed to fight climate change.

In 2008, The Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) issued a report, called SMART 2020: enabling the low carbon economy in the information age, which showed how the IT sector can reduce economy-wide global emissions of up to 15 percent by 2020.

Read our factsheet or head over to the leaderboard to learn more about the Cool IT Challenge.

The latest updates


Delivering renewable energy for all: Let's go all the way!

Blog entry by Daniel Mittler | 15 September, 2015 1 comment

Little has been transformed more in recent years than the world of energy. It's hard to think of a sector that has undergone more changes in the years between the 2000 launch of the Millennium Development Goals and the new 2015...

A solar power revolution is beginning

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 4 September, 2015 1 comment

The 2000 people who live in the village of Dharnai, in Bihar – one of India's poorest states – had got used to living without electricity. But they didn't like it. High tension electric wires passed nearby, without powering even a...

The potential of wind power

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 3 September, 2015 1 comment

Imagine an advanced, industrialised country with a sophisticated economy and high energy needs being powered just by renewable energy. To be precise, wind power. This isn't some futuristic vision. It's already happened. For a short...

Nuclear is not the answer to the phase-out of fossil fuels

Blog entry by Joanna Mills | 2 September, 2015 3 comments

A hundred and sixty thousand people made homeless, with limited compensation and the prospect for many tens of thousands of never returning to their former homes. That's not the cost of a war, but of the Fukushima nuclear accident...

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