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How much of the web runs on renewables today?

From: Chris Adams <chris@productscience.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2018 14:04:58 +0200
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To: public-sustyweb@w3.org
Hey folks,

Through this group, I've made a few useful contacts, who have helped me do
some research I figured might be interesting.

I was planning to use it as background research for the Planet Friendly Web
Guide <https://www.planetfriendlyweb.org/>, as I work on it this week, but
I figured others might find it useful, or interesting.

Here are the highlights:

   - Youtube.com is now more popular than google.com. Who knew?
   - The top three websites in the world run on renewable power. Huzzah!
   - Based on the greenweb foundation’s data, around 7% of the web the most
   popular domains on the net run on renewable power. We have a lot of work to
   do, clearly.
   - Hetzner AG, a German hosting company hosts more domains running on
   green power  in the top 100k sites according to Alexa than Google does.

I've written a blog post below summarising this, and linking to the code I
used to generate the dataset, and what little analysis I've been doing:


I'm really looking for others interested in looking through this, to come
up with other interesting findings a bit like how Tim did with the
Ecograder stuff.

So, if you know any folks who like playing with data, and well… like the
planet, please do share this with them.

*A favour to ask*

If you could help me with this next thing, I'd be *super* happy.

I'm looking for numbers for the energy use for servers, per hour, for
running infrastructure, so I can build a calculator to share on the web -
can anyone here can point me to a resource that isn't behind a massive

If I have this I can work out a CO2 emissions per hour figure (which
probably should take into account where in the world the servers are
and have enough to start testing a methodology for helping tech companies
get a ballpark figure in terms of CO2 emissions of infra they are already
running, so they model different ways to run the applications/products they

See when I'm available for a call: https://calendly.com/mrchrisadams
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Chris Adams
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