Apple said all of its data centers were now fully powered by renewable energy, including facilities in California, Texas, Ireland and Germany. Data centers that house computing infrastructure for services like iTunes, Siri, Maps and the App Store now get 100% of their power from a combination of renewable energy the company buys and on-site generation capacity, the company said in the latest report on its facilities’ environmental impact.
As use of internet-based services (like many of the ones Apple provides) skyrockets, so does the size of the data center infrastructure that supports those services. Apple and other big-name companies that provide them – companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter – are under pressure to minimize the environmental footprint of their data center operations, whose growing energy use has attracted a lot of public attention over the last two years or so.
“We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers,” Apple’s report, available on its website, reads. “At our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove [California], Cork [Ireland], and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino.”
Gary Cook, senior IT analyst at Greenpeace, said the news demonstrated progress in Apple’s commitment to leading the way to a clean energy future. “Apple’s increased level of disclosure about its energy sources helps customers know that their iCloud will be powered by clean energy sources, not coal,” he said.
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