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

In May 2017, Akamai completed its first investment in an 80 MW wind farm project, near Dallas, Texas, targeted to go online in November 2018. 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. You can learn more about this project here.

We are on target to contract for an additional 14% renewable energy with projects in the PJM power market by end of 2017. In an effort to expand our procurement outside the U.S. we are exploring opportunities in Europe that will provide at least another 10-15% to reach our 50% goal.

As a member of BSR’s Future of Internet Power, we are collaborating with other large colocation clients and our colocation data center providers and to procure renewable energy on our behalf. We believe that renewable energy procurement by our colocation data center partners will contribute at least 4% towards our goal.

 Network Energy and Carbon Efficiency Targets
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.
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

Akamai uses the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard to estimate our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions. The method used to estimate the electricity consumption associated with Akamai’s globally distributed network servers and third-party data center infrastructure operations is detail here.

Tabular values of these graphs can be viewed 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. Scope 3 uses location based emissions.
  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.