Green IT at Greenpeace

Page - April 2, 2014
Greenpeace is working to phase out the use of fossil fuels across the globe, including within its own operations.

Greenpeace International has modeled an Energy Revolution Scenario that demonstrates how we can phase out fossil fuels, thereby cutting carbon pollution, stopping climate change, and creating new green jobs. To help move us toward a day when we have achieved a peak and decline in global emissions, Greenpeace is campaigning to get the IT sector to join us in this crucial effort.

IT companies, always at the vanguard, are uniquely situated to drive changes in government policy and market conditions that will increase the deployment of renewable energy and decrease carbon pollution.

Greenpeace does not own its own data centers, but rents capacity. Greenpeace International's largest internal data use was moved in June 2012 to a data center based in Haarlem, Netherlands, operated by EvoSwitch. Evoswitch is one of the most energy efficient data centers in Europe and considered a leader in green IT. EvoSwitch uses 100% renewable energy.

Greenpeace has adopted a global policy to ensure that every national office also relies on renewable energy for its cloud services. Greenpeace US’s operations include about 30 servers housed in its Washington D.C. office, which is supported by wind power purchased from West Virginia. Additional external Greenpeace US servers have been moved to providers sourcing 100% renewable energy.

Greenpeace is always seeking to lighten our footprint as an organization, and more importantly, we spend our time advocating for transformational policy solutions that will move our energy demand to renewable sources of energy.

While we make every effort to secure the greenest IT services in our procurement decisions, as a relatively small customer we do not have the purchasing power large IT companies have when making procurement decisions. Our own demand and corresponding ability to shape the market through our energy procurement is quite small, particularly in comparison to companies like Amazon and other major IT brands whose investments are driving significant new demand in electricity.