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SAP to power its cloud computing infrastructure from 100% renewable energy – what about the rest?

Thu 3 Apr 2014

OK.  So, we should own up; the cloud is no greener than on premise computing if it is still powered by carbon. But SAP has at least made a commitment that all its cloud infrastructure – or data centres – will be powered from renewable sources. In this blog GreenMonk’s Tom Raftery assesses what the other giants are doing – frankly not very much…

“SAP have just announced “that it will power all its data centers and facilities globally with 100 percent renewable electricity starting in 2014.”

This is good for SAP, obviously, as they will be reducing their environmental footprint, and also good for customers of SAP’s cloud solutions who will also get the benefit of SAP’s green investments. How are SAP achieving this goal of 100 per cent renewable energy for its data centers and facilities? A combination of generating its own electricity using solar panels in Germany and Palo Alto (<1%), purchasing renewable energy and high quality renewable energy certificates, and a €3m investment in the Livlihoods Fund.”



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