Something to think about the next time you boot up Angry Birds HD or Superbrothers:
Apple has come bottom of the most comprehensive green league table of technology companies because of its heavy reliance on “dirty data” centres.
The list, which is compiled by Greenpeace and released in San Francisco on Thursday, shows that the company relies heavily on highly polluting coal power at the sites that house its banks of servers.
From the report:
The IT sector has a choice to make as well. As the demand for IT products and services grows exponentially, in the US, Europe and particularly in developing economies such as India and China, so does the amount of data we produce globally. That information requires physical storage and access to reliable electricity. Indeed IT’s server farms are expanding and multiplying rapidly. In our technologically interconnected world, data centres are the factories of the 21st Century