Targets & Progress

Setting targets and publicly disclosing our progress is an important aspect of our sustainability initiative, holding ourselves accountable to our commitments and encouraging others to do the same.

Low Carbon Network Target

We’ve made great progress since we set our 50% goal. In May 2017, Akamai completed its first investment in an 80 MW wind farm project near Dallas, targeted to go online in March 2019. Renewable energy procured through a 20-year virtual power purchase agreement is expected to cover 100% of Akamai’s Texas data center load, and approximately 6% of our global network load. In 2018, Akamai joined forces with Apple, Etsy, and Swiss Re to close two deals for renewable energy from a solar and wind projects in the northeast power market (PJM). These projects are expected to be online within the next year and will provide an additional 17% and 33% of Akamai’s global and U.S. network energy usage, respectively.

In an effort to expand our procurement outside of the United States, we are exploring opportunities in Europe that will provide at least another 5% to exceed our 50% goal.

You can learn more about these projects and see the plan and timeline for reaching our 50% goal here.

As a member of BSR’s Future of Internet Power, we are collaborating with other large colocation clients to encourage our colocation data center providers to procure renewable energy for their data center facilities on our behalf. In 2017, Akamai’s colocation data center supply chain procured renewable energy in facilities across Europe and Asia that equaled almost 11% of Akamai’s global network energy consumption.

 Network Energy and Carbon Efficiency Targets

Network energy and Scope 2 intensity reduction percentages are specific to network IT operations only and relative to average traffic. Annual target is a 30% reduction.

Note: In 2015, there was no net reduction in GHG emissions intensity or energy intensity. This result is attributed to an accelerated deployment of servers in 2015 in anticipation of a higher-than-normal network traffic increase that did not materialize in 2015.

Tabular values of this graph can be viewed here.

Electronic Waste Management Target
*Includes electronic components that were resold.

Note: Documentation and volume by weight of processed electronic assets is provided by Akamai’s asset management vendors. Percentage values below 100% are due to a lack of non-U.S. based e-Stewards certified processing facilities. All processing facilities are ISO 14001 certified.

Absolute GHG Emissions

Tables with the annual absolute Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 GHG emissions, a breakdown of total energy consumption by operation, and network effective PUE and CUE by year can be accessed here.

Akamai uses the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard to inventory our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions, which are third-party verified. The verification statement for our most recent inventory can be found here.

The methodology used to estimate the electricity consumption associated with Akamai’s globally distributed network servers and third-party data center infrastructure operations is detailed here.

Footnotes:

  1. Scope 3 (2009) includes GHG associated with outsourced data center operations and employee air travel.
  2. Scope 3 (2010) includes GHG associated with outsourced data center operations; shipping; and employee air travel.
  3. Scope 3 (2011) includes GHG associated with outsourced data center operations; shipping; network server embedded carbon; waste generation; and employee air travel.
  4. Scope 3 (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) includes GHG associated with outsourced data center operations; shipping; network server embedded carbon; electricity transmission and distribution losses; waste generation; and employee air travel and commuting.
  5. Electricity-based Scope 3 emissions are market-based for years 2015 and after, and location-based for all other years.
  6. Changes in Scope 1 and Scope 2 values from prior disclosures are due primarily to a recategorization from Scope 1 to Scope 2 for GHG emissions from leased office heating and diesel-fueled supplemental electricity.