Amazon’s AWS aims to make its European data centers carbon-neutral as early as 2030. To this end, the cloud market leader, together with 24 other European companies and 17 trade associations from the industry, committed to. Google also among the signatories of the self-regulation initiative "Climate-neutral data center pact", which was announced yesterday, Thursday 21.01.2021, was closed.
The providers would thus like to contribute to a climate-neutral Europe in 2050, as is the objective of the European Green Deal. The signing of the pact is also accompanied by a close exchange with the EU Commission. The had already called for the sustainable operation of European data centers last year.
Europe’s digital future
Shortly after the adoption of the EU Green Deal appeared the Commission paper "Shaping Europe’s Digital Future" together with the demand: "[Data centers] (…) can and should become climate neutral by 2030". The signatories now seem to want to live up to this expectation. Information on the concrete technical implementation of the tarp there is not yet on the part of the European operator alliance meanwhile: The URL, which promises more information according to press release, ClimateNeutral.cloud, is currently still going nowhere: "coming soon".
In 2019, Amazon already made a similar commitment to operate in a completely climate-neutral manner by 2040, and just last September Siemens was also part of this climate initiative "Climate Pledge" become. Like European data center operators, Apple last year set 2030 as a target for fully sustainable production of its devices – including supply chains.