Major AWS Customers Call for Greater Energy Transparency
by David Pomerantz
June 3, 2015
- Commit to transparency on energy and environmental performance, including publishing information describing AWS’ energy and carbon footprints and progress toward renewable energy goals.
- Share AWS’ strategies for increasing the supply of renewable electricity across [its] footprint, including a mixture of investment, procurement and corporate advocacy to both electric utilities and government decision-makers.
- Provide clarity on AWS’ principles for how it defines renewable energy, and what type of options it will prefer moving forward, so that we and our customers and users can have confidence in the integrity of AWS’ commitment.
"Unfortunately we do not release this information to our customers. We are unable to provide any statistics on energy consumption for our Datacenters."The Huffington Post called upon AWS to “set a new industry standard by publishing detailed data with regard to energy usage. We've done our part by using solutions we know to be more efficient; now do your part by providing the data necessary to track and report our progress.” As climate change continues to grow as a concern in corporate board rooms, more and more enterprise cloud customers will be making sustainability commitments, or extending their commitments to their cloud computing vendors. Customers will increasingly expect cloud computing vendors to report energy and carbon footprint data both for their overall footprint and for their customers’ use of their infrastructure, so that they can measure progress toward their own goals. AWS, for its part, should expect to hear from more and more customers until it publishes detailed data on its energy use and carbon footprint, and provides information that instills confidence that its commitment to 100% renewable energy is the real thing. AWS Customer Letter