What's My Linodes Carbon Footprint?

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Whats my carbon footprint. I found an article from 10 yrs ago, is it still accurate? It said: "A single Linode 360's share of its host's power consumption would be about 7.5 watts. So assuming electricity consumption of 0.0075 kW, that's 0.0075 * 24 * 365 = 65.7 kWh in one year."

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This is a hard question to answer since there are so many variables that go into how much energy a Linode will use. That's why there's not much info around. I did some digging around and found that a 4 GB Linode uses about 3-6 watts. This is slightly less than the number you used.

I also want to provide you with some more information about some of our data centers. They have green initiatives to help offset our carbon footprint. If your carbon footprint is important to you, I would reccomend using these data centers.

Equinix Green by Design (London, Frankfurt and Tokyo 2)
Telstra Exchange Green Initiatives 2018 (Singapore)

You can find some more information about our upstream providers' initiatives here:

KDDI's Commitment to Sustainability
SoftLayer® Signs Renewable Energy Contract with Green Mountain Energy®
Telstra Bigger Picture 2018 Sustainability Report

UPDATE: The wattage used is closer to 2.66 watts or (.00266KW) since our last estimate was done.

So a 4GB Linode running 24 hours a day would consume .064 kWh.

Looking at Equinix, the page linked says "92% renewable energy coverage globally in 2018 up from 77% in 2017". That's pretty good compared to AWS, which is 50% globally. That said, AWS now have 5 DCs that are at 100% and furthermore both Google and Microsoft are at 100% globally. This is going to be become an important differentiator for providers.

Out of curiosity, is there any information for the Toronto, Canada data center? Or would its carbon footprint not be applicable for Ontario’s energy generation: Ontario's Supply Mix

Many of the upstream providers for our other data centers are linked above. In the interest of transparency and providing up-to-date information, below are links to any available information from our partners regarding their environmental controls and/or standards:

Digital Realty
This covers the Dallas data center

Equinix handles the following data centers:

  • Frankfurt
  • London
  • Sydney
  • Tokyo
  • Toronto

For our Atlanta data center

Our Singapore data center is with this company.

Another thing to consider is what happens to the hardware once it's no longer in service. In each data center, when a hard drive is shredded, our partners adhere to ISO 14001 and NAID standards. The ISO 14001 environmental standard is further explained here:

It would be great if you could have a dedicated page for this on your homepage. It took me quite a bit of googling to find this page.

In general it looks like really good news too! I have a linode VPS in Frankfurt and Eqinix is really good in this area, so I'm happy that I don't have to do anything for my usage to be mostly carbon neutral.

Wanted to post an update to this with some new/more accurate info.

We're no longer working with KDDI, SoftLayer, or Telstra as upstream providers. We have since changed those specific partners to:

Equinix Tokyo
DRT Richardson

Earlier this year, BDx actually acquired the Telstra data center in Singapore. Once that happened, the Singapore data center became associated with BDx:

BDx: Singapore Data Center


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