Green IT at Greenpeace

Background - 2 April, 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 International's largest internal data use is hosted at Evoswitch in Haarlem, Netherlands. Evoswitch is one of the most energy efficient data centers in Europe and uses 100% renewable energy. Currently 50% of the renewable electricity purchased by Evoswitch comes from a Dutch windfarm owned by Nuon in Enkhuizen. All electricity used by the Greenpeace at Evoswitch is officially sourced from Enkhuizen windfarm. Evoswitch currently sources European renewable energy credits for the remaining portion of its renewable energy consumption, but aims to move towards purchasing only nationally produced 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 a small number of servers housed in its Washington D.C. office, which has installed rooftop solar panels and is supported by wind power purchased from West Virginia. Additional external Greenpeace US servers are housed in a provider 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.

Greenpeace makes every effort to secure the greenest IT services in our procurement decisions. While we are generally a relatively small customer, we use our leverage wherever possible, and have in place a policy to work with IT vendors committed to powering with 100% renewable energy.