(The Hosting News) – Top social networking giant Facebook’s infrastructure is backed by state of the art data center facilities located in Prineville, Oregon and Forest City, North Carolina. Surely providing for more than 950 million users is a hefty task, and on Wednesday the company detailed steps it’s taking to ensure that accounting for its large data usage is more environmentally friendly.
“Today we’re sharing our 2011 carbon footprint, energy mix and energy use for our data centers and global offices. We’re releasing this data because we believe in the power of openness, and because we hope that adding another data point to our collective understanding of our industry’s environmental impact will help us all keep improving,” commented Facebook via it’s newsroom.
So how about the company’s energy? It comes from a variety of resources. According to Facebook, last year 27% was coal, 17% natural gas, 23% clean and 13% nuclear while the rest fell into an unnamed category. As for the total use of energy in 2011 through the company’s data centers and offices? That accounted for 532M kWh.
The company admitted that reducing its environmental impact was a challenge, but set a big goal for itself: The social network wants to have 25% of its energy derive from clean and renewable resources in the next 3 years.
Facebook also detailed some initiatives it’s taking at its data center facilities including partnerships with environmental organizations, renewable energy components and more. Since last year, the company has worked to spread more energy efficient designs via its Open Compute Project.
Meanwhile, environmental organization Greenpeace applauded Facebook’s transparency. “Facebook has shown today it is serious about its push to Unfriend Coal,” commented David Pomerantz via the Greenpeace blog. The social network is expected to launch its Lulea, Sweden data center not far from the Arctic Circle in 2014.