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Akamai announces 2030 sustainability goals

Akamai Technologies has announced the publication of its Sustainability Report outlining new goals that include 100 per cent of energy to be renewably sourced, with the aim to be a net zero emissions platform.

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Tue, 08 Mar 2022
Akamai announces 2030 sustainability goals
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The report goes into the company’s five goals expected to be reached by 2030 in depth, which includes 100 per cent renewably sourced energy; 50 per cent more energy-efficient platform; 100 per cent platform emissions mitigation; responsible supply chain management; and global expansion of 100 per cent e-waste recycling. Meaningful progress has been made towards each.

In the past two years, the internet has become a critical lifeline for all, powering the way we work, live, transact, learn and play according to Nicole Fitzpatrick, Akamai Technologies deputy general counsel and chief ESG officer.

"However, this necessary tool accounts for a significant portion of global electricity demand.

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“Akamai is dedicated to reducing the internets carbon footprint and last year, announced high reaching goals to do so.

"We are pleased to report that we have made meaningful progress over the past year and continue to move forward,” Fitzpatrick said.

100 per cent renewably sourced energy

To reduce the emissions impact from platform growth, Akamai focuses on adding renewable energy to the global grid.

In 2021, over 50 per cent of the Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform was powered by renewable energy. Of that, 20 per cent was created by Akamai’s three existing renewable energy projects: a wind farm in Texas, a solar array in Virginia, and a wind farm in Illinois.

In 2021, to make further progress against this goal, Akamai entered into a fourth renewable energy project, the Enel Green Power Azure Sky wind project located in northern Texas. The new project is slated to come online in 2022.

50 per cent more energy-efficient platform

A more efficient Akamai Intelligent Edge Platform is a critical step in using power effectively across Akamai’s operations.

The company’s 2030 goal is to increase platform efficiency by 50 per cent, as measured against its 2020 baseline. Since announcing its 2030 goals, during 2021, Akamai has made its network 28 per cent more power-efficient per unit of platform capacity, despite increases of 60 per cent.

100 per cent platform emissions mitigation

Akamai’s goal is to mitigate 100 per cent of its platform greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

This goal is especially challenging due to the company’s widely distributed operations in more than 830 cities globally and as power source availability is rarely under Akamai’s direct operational control.

In its progress to meet this challenging goal, Akamai continues to work with data centre partners on renewable energy procurement best practices.

In addition, further reflecting its commitment to this important goal, in 2021 Akamai signed onto the Science Based Targets’ Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees initiative, joined the Race to Zero through the Global Citizen Live campaign and became a founding member of Greening of Streaming to address the growing concerns around the energy impact of the streaming sector.

Responsible supply chain management

Akamai aims to take the notion of collective action seriously in its approach to supply chain, engaging and working closely with trusted suppliers.

In 2021, Akamai evolved its supply chain program with the launch of a Responsible Supply Chain Program (RSCP) to realise supply chain goals, including with a focus on environmental sustainability.

Global expansion of 100 per cent electronic waste recycling Program

Currently, Akamai ships all e-waste – including servers around the world – to e-Stewards certified facilities in the United States for appropriate processing.

This allows for the highest standards for the security of customer data, the effective downstream management of all toxic materials, and legal and responsible exporting. In 2021, Akamai continued to recycle 100 per cent of its e-waste in accordance with these standards and began the process of identifying certified recycling facilities located closer to the points of e-waste, in accordance with its stated public goals in this area.

According to Mike Mattera, director of corporate sustainability at Akamai Technologies, the 2030 goals set last year were ambitious and the company has already made progress towards reaching these.

“Akamai is moving forward to build a more environmentally friendly internet, but we cannot do it alone. The opportunity for real, sustainable progress is an industry-wide one. Only working together as a collective driving force can we truly help build a more sustainable internet for all,” Mattera concluded.

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