Test to see if your website is environmentally friendly

How can you know if a website is environmental friendly or uses renewable energy, and how could one argue that some websites are environmentally unfriendly?

In Sircon, we have tried to communicate the environmental benefit from using renewable energy in server operation for a long time. Most of cloud services hosted in Norway, are powered by wind- or hydropower, which are renewable power sources. It worries us that many (including Norwegian) suppliers, place cloud or web services in countries where power sources being used are non-renewable. This leads to major consequences for the environment.

Today, air traffic is measured to generate 2% of the greenhouse emissions. In short time, computer centers will surpass this level! In our opinion, it’s about time we consider the impact this has on the environment.

Many website owners are unaware of where their website is hosted, or whether the servers are operated on renewable energy sources. We want to make it possible for everyone to check if their website is environmentally friendly or not.

Check if your website is environmentally friendly

 

This is how we find and make the information available to you

Websites and servers are usually linked to an IP-adress via a domain name. By using whois data, combined with IP-geolocation, we can identify where the server running the website is located. This information, in conjuction with statistics on use of renewable energy sources in the location, gives us a good approximation to how environmentally friendly the website is.

Did you know that som websites are responsible for more than 50 times the CO2 emissions, compared to websites run by renewable energy sources?

There will always be some amount of error sources, but mainly, this is correct. If you have a redirecting domain that points to another domain, use the last one for the correct results. In some cases IP-adresses are used other places than they claim to be located. We also see that content delievered by content delievery networks(CDN) sometimes do the same ting.

The percentage use of renewable energy is by this moment not “live”,  and hopefully it will increase. The most important thing in our opinion, is that we give you the opportunity to see and decide for yourself.  We consider the margin of error as acceptable.

We know about some exceptions, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, among some others. These are added to the search with correct info about renewal energy use. If you know about other domains who differ from the result or experience any error using the search tool, please let us know.

We have created a simple search tool to let environmentally conscious website owners check whether the website is likely to be environmentally friendly. Moving the website to a hosting partner that guarantees use of renewable energy sources is always an option.

Explanation of what the search results means:

miljovennligYour website is hosted by Sircon, or another computer center we know about, where all servers and cooling systems are powered by renewable energy. All spill heat from the cooling systems is used for heating. This is what we call 100% environmentally friendly.

Please contact us if you know someone who belongs in this category

fornybarYour website is hosted in a computer center where servers and cooling systems most likely are powered by renewable energy. The location of the servers are in areas where more than 80% of the energy comes from renewable sources.

forurensningYour website is hosted in a computer center where servers and cooling systems may use fossil or nuclear power. The location of the servers are in areas where between 30 and 80% of the energy comes from renewable sources.

erikkemiljovennligYour website is hosted in a computer center where servers and cooling systems most likely use fossil or nuclear power. The location of the servers are in areas where less than 30% of the energy comes from renewable sources.

Check if your website is environmentally friendly