Information technology may be one of the booming industries in the world today but they are also the controversial ones especially if you talk about eco-friendly awareness. Greenpeace, the forefront in trying to help the world resurrect its hope of saving the earth has slammed the likes of Apple, Facebook and Google for their computer servers in data centers which reportedly account for 2% of global energy demand.
About half of the companies studied, which include Google, Facebook and Apple, used coal to meet 50% to 80% of their energy needs instead of renewable energy resources like wind and solar. The need to find alternative energy solutions has become a need considering that the world has been groping for proper power to juice up its resources. And though IT has done wonders, it has been eating up our resources, thus directing us towards studying other energy sources like wind or solar energy.
As for the use of coal, this is only adding more problems as far as pollution is concerned. And hopefully the efforts of all companies pick up soon. Google, for instance, recently signed a 20-year power purchasing agreement with a wind energy company for its Oklahoma data center, and Microsoft recently announced an agreement to buy wind energy for its Dublin data center.