Company anticipates sourcing 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020
Akamai Technologies Inc., (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, today publishes the company’s year-end report on its global sustainability practices. The report summarizes Akamai’s innovative efforts to reduce the amount of energy consumed by its global intelligent edge platform, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, recycle electronic waste responsibly, and have meaningful and beneficial impacts on the places it works, operates, and lives. Energy efficiencies realized have delivered millions of dollars in expense savings while making Akamai’s customers’ digital experiences fast, intelligent, and secure — in an environmentally friendly way.
Highlights of the 2019 report include:
Half the company’s electricity is expected to soon come from renewable sources, consistent with its “50 by 20” pledge.
Over the past two years, the company has invested in net-new, on-grid renewable wind energy projects in Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois to power its operations in those urban centers.
Internet traffic delivered over the Akamai Intelligent Edge has continued to grow while the company’s energy consumption and carbon emissions have remained relatively flat: since 2015, Akamai's platform has used 61% less energy per gigabit of capacity while traffic has grown by over 182%.
Akamai’s new global headquarters, which opened in Cambridge, Massachusetts in November 2019, prioritized sustainability in the design. The building’s core and shell were built to achieve LEED Gold v4 certification standards as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Sustainability is a major component of corporate social responsibility at Akamai, part of a holistic approach to efficient systems and processes implemented with the goal of benefitting all of Akamai’s stakeholders. Commitments focus on reducing energy intensity across the platform, investing in net-new renewable energy projects around the world, reducing and managing greenhouse gas (GHG) output, and responsibly managing e-waste. In addition to establishing public goals, Akamai is taking a step further to engage suppliers in sustainable action and encouraging employees, partners, and like-minded companies to take action in the areas where we all work, operate, and live.
Akamai strives to take a leadership role in minimizing the environmental impact of information technology systems. The company’s sustainability initiatives are designed to measure and mitigate the impact of our business operations while maximizing and enhancing the benefits from sustainable business practices. Sustainable programs focus on several key areas – network carbon efficiency, electronic waste management, renewable energy procurement and an environmentally lower-impact corporate office selection and renovation program.
Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world’s largest companies. Akamai’s intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone — and attacks and threats far away. Akamai’s portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn why the world’s top brands trust Akamai, visit www.akamai.com, blogs.akamai.com, or @Akamai on Twitter. You can find our global contact information at www.akamai.com/locations.
Akamai Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
This release contains information about future expectations, plans and prospects of Akamai's management that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about expected achievement of sustainability goals. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors including, but not limited to, changes in Akamai’s financial conditions, general economic conditions and other factors that are discussed in Akamai's Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other documents periodically filed with the SEC.