Akamai's purpose is to propel our customers faster forward by making the Internet business-ready: fast, reliable and secure. And now also green and clean.
Our Intelligent Platform’s hundreds of thousands of servers hum away in more than 100 countries, and thousands of locations, making up 96% of our Scope 2 and Scope 3 electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). To date, we’ve been very successful in decoupling our business growth from energy use and carbon emission impacts through efficiency and productivity gains but we will always consume energy, and our carbon remains tightly coupled with energy. So decarbonizing this energy is a critical step along our journey to mitigate our environmental impacts and help our customers achieve their own decarbonization goals. To ensure that our impact is broad, these targets apply to both our worldwide direct and supplier operations’ Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions.
Our Renewable Energy Procurement Principles
Our investment should make a real impact, putting more renewable energy electrons on the grid.
The renewable energy generation should be co-located in the same power market as our operations, so we are adding renewable electrons to the same grid from which our operations draw electrons.
Our procurement strategy should pass muster with our customers, truly augmenting their supply chain sustainability efforts.
Even as our business is predicted to grow exponentially, we estimate that attaining our renewable energy goal will reduce our business-as-usual GHG emissions by 35-40% and our absolute emissions below 2015 levels.
In early 2018, Akamai completed investment in two additional renewable energy farms, a wind farm near Chicago and a solar farm in Virginia. These projects are scheduled to go online in Q4 2018 and Q4 2019, respectively, and, together, are expected to generate the equivalent of 100% of Akamai’s network energy consumption in the PJM power market that includes Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and parts of Illinois and North Carolina. Once online, these two projects in combination with the Dallas, Texas wind project, signed last year, are expected to cover more than 40% of the energy consumption of Akamai’s U.S. network operations, and more than 20% of our global energy consumption. Additional, supplemental renewable energy supply by our colocation data center providers, grid renewables and a potential renewable energy procurement in Europe puts us on target to reach our 50% renewable energy goal by 2020.
It is our hope that our procurement strategy can be a model for other companies with similar small-scale, distributed-operations. We also endeavor to expand our impact through industry collaborations. We have joined RMI’s Business Renewables Center to share our experiences, lowering the learning curve for others. And, as part of BSR’s Future of Internet Power working group, we are developing guidance for colocation data centers to provide renewable energy offerings for clients.
For more details about our renewable energy and carbon reduction goals please check out our blog.
For more information about Akamai Environmental Sustainability program please click here.