What is green hosting?
The internet consumes a lot of electricity, around 10 per cent of the world’s electricity. It also contributes to nearly 4 per cent of all global carbon emissions, more than aviation. Internet’s carbon emissions are predicted to double around in about 3 years and it may gobble up 20% of world’s energy around 2030.
Data centres use a lot of power, and have thousands of computers running and large-scale air conditioning systems to keep them cool to prevent overheating.
All data centres use a lot of electricity, but some pollute more than others, depending on their level of energy efficiency and whether they have any meaningful commitment to using green / renewable energy sources. We should also keep in mind that hosting companies have other environmental impacts, from the electronic waste produced from equipment they use to the impact of their operations.
The greener hosts attempt to minimise any negative impact on the environment and we should use the greener and more sustainable options available to host our websites and projects.nearly
How do I find a green web host?
If you are looking for a new hosting provider, a greener option, a good place to look at is The Green Web Foundation’s directory, listing over 500 hosting providers around the globe that have a commitment to using green energy in their data centres. Eco-Friendly Web Alliance is evaluating hosting providers further in order to help our community in this transition.