In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS has a long-term commitment to achieve 100% renewable energy usage for our global infrastructure footprint.
Cloud computing is inherently more environmentally friendly than traditional computing. Today, individual companies often operate one or many corporate datacenters to meet their internal IT requirements. Even with broad adoption of virtualization technology, most enterprises still struggle to achieve high utilization rates for their data center infrastructure. The result is a significant amount of unused server capacity and wasted energy consumption to power all of this unused or underutilized infrastructure.
AWS operates at a massive scale and has invested in significant hardware, software and operational efficiencies that drives several times improvement in server utilization levels as compared to the average corporate datacenter. AWS Infrastructure uses rack-optimized systems that use less than 1/8th the energy of the blade server enclosures that are often used in corporate datacenters. Because AWS pools resources, customers who deploy applications in the cloud reduce their carbon footprint by default and significantly reduce the amount of environmental waste that occurs when individual datacenters don’t operate near their capacity.
AWS introduced its first carbon-neutral region – US West (Oregon) – in 2011. Today, AWS offers customers three AWS Regions that are 100% carbon-neutral – US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt), and AWS GovCloud (US).