China’s internet firms have being lagged behind compared to other global peers for sourcing energy from clean, renewable sources.
Greenpeace, an environmental group said in a report on Thursday that the rise in consumption of internet data is resulting in increased energy demand and carbon emission.
With the rise in demand, the internet data sector is expected to rise as the third global power demand within the next two decades. If so happened, the tech giant in China and other countries will be pressurized to look out for cleaner sources for generating electricity.
Greenpeace also said that even though some tech giants of China are carefully investing in cleaner energy through pilot green power certificate scheme or rooftop solar installations, majority of them have failed to live up to the arrangement and engagement their overseas rivals have achieved.
Ye Ruiqi, Greenpeace energy and climate campaigner said that it is vital for China to break away from the dependency on coal for energy as the demand for power consumption from China’s internet industry is catapulting.
Greenpeace said that among 15 major firms, only a single digital service provider named Chindata has committed to source its energy needs 100% through renewable sources. This pledge concords with the long term dedication and faithfulness Apple and Google have promised.
According to Greenpeace’s survey, Alibaba, e-commerce giant was ranked as the best performer among other companies that majorly relied on cloud computing. This company adhered to controlled emission levels and data transparency. Tencent was ranked second followed by Baidu and Huawei.
Tencent was the sole major company that revealed its carbon emission and energy consumption levels, however, it had made almost no progress. Huawei was the only company to set targets of reducing emission.
In 2018, internet data sector of China produced 99 million tonnes of CO2 and utilized 161 TWh of power which accounts for 2.35% of the nation. 73% of this electricity consumption was supplied by coal.
Chinese data centres have been labelled to consume more power compared to other countries and they are advised to lower down their level by 2022 to meet the advanced international levels.