The Internet Is Not As Green As You Think

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Did you know that the internet is one of the world’s largest polluters?

Everything you see online uses a web hosting service. That is, a business that provides the technology and services required for you to view this article, our blog and any other webpage on the internet.

All the content you see online is stored on millions of special computers known as servers. These servers, the backbone of the internet, are housed in huge data centres that run all day every day.

Now, have you ever touched your computer or phone and noticed that it was warm? Your first thought is “Oh no! It’s overheating! Please don’t break on me!” 

“Yes, yes. I’ve been there, but how does this relate to the internet being one of the world’s largest polluters?”

Well, if you worry about your personal devices overheating and failing, imagine the billions of dollars that would be lost if that happened to the computers that power the internet.

To prevent this, using enormous amounts of energy, data centres worldwide blast their computers with arctic temperature air 24 hours a day all year round. These cooling systems alone account for 40% of all the energy used by data centres. For this reason it is estimated that they have the fastest growing carbon footprint in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

With over 8 million data centres worldwide, this sector alone generates approximately 2% of the world’s CO2 emissions… That is as much as the airline industry!!

So what do we at Divine Depth do to help?

We have chosen to use Green Geeks, an eco-friendly company with Canadian based servers.

Green Geeks work with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit organization in the United States with a mission to empower communities, corporations and utilities to support the reliance on renewable energy sources.

BEF calculates the yearly energy consumption and carbon footprint produced by Green Geeks based on the number of their servers, personnel, etc. and then purchases 3 times the number of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs), which is put back into the grid.

RECs represent units of energy and act as incentives to produce renewable energy by providing revenue to electricity generated by renewable resources.

Learn more about RECs on the BEF website.

What this means is that Green Geeks, in addition to themselves, powers 2 other companies of similar size with renewable energy.

While you explore everything Divine Depth has to offer, you’re doing so on a website that is 300% green!

And lastly, as always, dive safe and have fun!

“On this path, it is only the first step that counts.”

– Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney

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