Apple data centers use the most coal to power up

By on April 18, 2012
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Greenpeace also shows other tech companies destroying the environment.

As more of us start relying on cloud storage and bigger corporates start storing our data, the demand for huge storage spaces increases exponentially. This incredibly large amount of data requires an equally large number of hard drives and storage servers to keep everything safe and running steady, with multiple backups in case of failure or data corruption. And we all know how much we hate those! But how much power is going into maintain these data centers? What’s the cost to our environment?

While renewable energy is on the agenda for most companies who want public favor, or indeed are following such courses out of the goodness of their hearts, fossil fuel is still the primary way to power things. And apart from oil, coal is one of the second largest energy provider due to low costs. The adverse effect on Earth’s atmosphere due to burning coal is considerable, in a recent finding reported by Mother Jones. So let’s have a look at some of the top companies whose data centers use the most coal energy according to Greenpeace.

1. Apple: 55.1 percent
2. HP: 49.7 percent
3. IBM: 49.5 percent
4. Oracle: 48.7 percent
5. Facebook: 39.4 percent
6. Microsoft 39.3 percent
7. Twitter: 35.6 percent
8. Amazon: 33.9 percent
9. Rackspace: 31.6 percent
10. Google: 28.7 percent

The full report from Greenpeace can be read here.


From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

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