Cloudflare, Inc. announced it will help power an Internet with zero carbon emissions. The company have not only pledged to operate on 100 per cent renewable energy, but also remove all historical carbon its global network has emitted since its founding by 2025. The Internet is responsible for approximately 1 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year, roughly comparable to the annual CO2 emissions of the entire aviation industry worldwide. Now any Internet property on the company’s network, which today already consists of 17 per cent of the web, will automatically reduce emissions and seamlessly contribute to a greener, more sustainable world.
They are also releasing sustainable edge computing services and energy-efficient features to help organisations of any size build sustainability directly into their own applications, websites, and networks. Now businesses can choose to intelligently route traffic through data centres powered by renewable energy using Green Compute.s. Customers can also understand and quantify their individual footprints and approximate savings from their network in comparison to Internet averages with the Carbon Impact Report. Furthermore, organisations that deploy websites on the company’s pages will automatically operate on renewable energy and receive a green certification from The Green Web Foundation displayed through a verified badge.
“Internet usage has skyrocketed in the last couple of years, growing over 80 per cent on our network, and is showing no signs of slowing down. For every search you do, online order you make, and video call you join, there is an environmental impact from the physical data centres, servers, and other physical infrastructure the Internet relies upon,” Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, said. “We want to give the Internet a clean slate to help build toward a future where it’s easy for anyone to create, build, and run their applications on green energy while remaining secure, fast, and reliable.”