Are Large ICT Companies Large Users of Renewable Energy?

ICT companies appear to be boosting their use of renewable energy. Indicators include the Vestas 2012 Corporate Renewable Energy Index (CREX) and Apple's recent announcement about progress toward its 100% renewable goal.

The Vestas CREX ranks the top 10 companies worldwide in each of two categories: "2011 Renewable Electricity, TWh" and "2011 % Renewable". Two ICT companies are in the top 10. Deutsche Telekom is #8 in TWh and renewables supply 48% of its electricity. Intel is #10 with 58% renewables.

Apple's use of 75% renewables in 2012, up from 35% in 2010, is better than all but two companies on the Vestas list, but that list is based on "absolute renewable electricity procurement" and Apple is apparently not large enough. Apple states, "Our goal is to power every facility at Apple entirely with energy from renewable sources — solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal...We’ve already achieved 100 percent renewable energy at all of our data centers, at our facilities in Austin, Elk Grove, Cork, and Munich, and at our Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino."

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Original 2011 Post

Vestas, a manufacturer of wind generation equipment, has published its 2011 Corporate Renewable Energy Index. The index ranks the top 20 companies worldwide in each of two categories: "2010 % RE of electricity consumption" and "total 2010 % RE procurement". ICT companies are scare on these lists.

The ICT players, with their respective positions in the two categories, are Adobe [6/-], Cisco [-/13], Intel (-/1), KNP Royal [13/5], Nokia [16/11], and Philips [-/9]. KNP is a telecom, the others are product companies. Three are headquartered in the United States, the other three in Europe.

NewsCorp [8/8] is the only e-media company on the list.