Technology has made incredible strides over the last few years. We have gotten closer to perfecting artificial intelligence, developed 3D printers for household use, and advanced the use of virtual reality.
New technology is very impressive, but it is important to remember the environmental impact that it has on the planet. Many tech companies have changed their business practices to reduce their carbon footprint. We will be taking a look at five environmentally-friendly companies in the tech space.
Top 5 Eco-Friendly Brands in the Tech Space in 2021
GreenGeeks Web Hosting
Web hosting is a field that typically consumes a large amount of energy. The servers and powerful equipment need to be operating 24/7 to keep their clients’ websites running reliably. In addition to this, there needs to be a constant cooling source to ensure that the servers do not overheat.
The founder of GreenGeeks realized this problem and took it upon himself to create an environmentally-friendly web hosting business. GreenGeeks hosting is a Green Power Partner, which is a program that acknowledges companies that have voluntarily gone green. The United States Environmental Protection Agency recognizes and acknowledges the Green Power Partnership.
GreenGeeks are 300% energy-efficient, as they purchase wind credits to offset the carbon that they produce. The company has also upgraded its data centers to have all the latest and most efficient hardware.
As one of the biggest tech companies in the world, Apple has ample opportunities to invest in green energy. Its data centers are all powered completely by renewable energy. Apple is also working on several renewable energy projects all around the world. Some of these projects include:
A new data center in Waukee, Iowa that has a square footage of 400,000. This location will be entirely run by renewable energy, just like all its other centers.
Apple recently entered into a partnership with NV Energy in Reno, Nevada. The projects they have worked on have generated 320 megawatts of solar PV energy.
Apple has worked in Singapore and has adapted to the lack of land space. Over 800 rooftops now have a source of renewable energy thanks to Apple.
HP has recently announced many new green initiatives that they will be implementing. In 2019, the company said that they had reached “100% zero-deforestation with HP-branded paper two years ahead of schedule.”
Much of the plastic used by HP gets recycled and repurposed. Buying an HP printer cartridge will contain plastic that has gotten recycled up to seven times. They plan on raising their recycled plastic use to 30% by 2025.
HP also has a printer that gets sold without any plastic packaging at all. This printer, called the Tango Terra, is net-carbon neutral.
Dell has been well-known for its efforts to make its products last longer than others from similar companies. This results in fewer materials getting sent to the landfill. In 2020, Dell had a goal of a 50% reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions. The company has a goal that 90% of the waste that they generate will get reused in some way instead of getting sent to the landfill.
Another area where Dell has nearly achieved sustainability is in its product packaging. By 2030, Dell has pledged that 100% of its product packaging will come from sustainable materials. By updating the product packaging, Dell wants its users to embrace the switch to eco-friendly alternatives as well.
Sony is a giant in the music entertainment business. By 2050, Sony has a goal of producing a zero-emissions environmental footprint. They call this their ‘Road to Zero’ plan. Sony wants to find renewable energy sources for every region that they operate in. For instance, Sony has installed solar panels on the roof of their headquarters building in California. These panels power the majority of the operation that goes on inside.
Sony has also recently joined the group called Playing for the Planet, which has the recognition of the United Nations. This is a group of companies that have voluntarily signed up to commit to improving the climate crisis. Together, these companies have been reducing CO2 emissions, planting thousands of new trees, and improving the sustainability of product packaging and device recycling. Many of these members are big-name companies that work in the video game industry.