Akamai's intelligent edge platform interconnects everything and everyone, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, secure, green, and clean."
Our environmental sustainability initiative is focused on addressing material environmental impacts of our energy consumption, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and electronic waste generation. Environmental stewardship is of growing importance to our customers as well, and our success helps them achieve their supply chain sustainability goals. Looking through the lens of sustainability provides a fresh perspective that stimulates new ways of thinking about our operations, markets, and supply chain, and inspires innovation.
Through a laser focus on operational efficiency and productivity, we continue to grow our business while holding our energy consumption and carbon emission relatively flat. Despite a 40-fold increase in network traffic over the past nine years, our energy usage and carbon emissions have barely doubled. These achievements have resulted in tens of millions of dollars in CapEx and OpEx savings. But efficiency and productivity will never mean zero energy, and our carbon emissions remain tightly coupled with energy. That’s why, in 2016, we set a goal to decarbonize our operations, reducing our absolute carbon emissions below 2015 levels by 2020 through sourcing renewable energy for 50% of our network operations. Since then, we’ve signed three renewable energy procurement contracts that will cover 23% and 40% of our global and U.S. network energy consumption, respectively. We have also developed strong partnerships with our colocation data center suppliers to encourage them to use renewable energy to power their facilities. In 2017, more than 10% of our network energy was colo-procured renewable energy. And we are seeing results already. In 2018, our global network’s absolute energy consumption and carbon emissions have dropped from peak levels.
Responsible management of our decommissioned electronic equipment, such as servers and laptops, is another important aspect of our sustainability program. Akamai has been an e-Stewards Enterprise since 2012, taking a leadership role in helping to address the growing worldwide electronic-waste crisis by implementing the most rigorous standards program for electronics recycling practices. Prioritizing resale and then recycling, we maximize the economic value of these assets while minimizing waste. Akamai has a goal to process 100% of our electronic waste through e-Stewards certified asset management vendors or their partners.
At Akamai, we approach sustainability not as a tactic or single objective, but as a way of thinking about systems and processes, uncovering more efficient and innovative ways of doing things, and looking at the future landscape and markets for opportunities and risks. By working together, I believe Akamai is truly positioned to take a leadership role in minimizing the environmental impact of information technology systems.