Websites are powered by powerful computers (called servers) that are always on in large specialized buildings (called data centers). Servers require considerable amounts of electricity to operate and need constant cooling to prevent overheating. In most places, this electricity is produced by burning coal or other fossil fuels, which creates emissions that accelerate climate change.
In 2012, there were 500,000 data centers worldwide. In 2019 there are more than 8 million. This rapid growth has led experts to predict that data centers will make up 10% of global electricity usage by 2030, and generate more emissions than the entire airline industry.
Green web hosting is a website hosting service that reduces its greenhouse gas emissions through its underlying infrastructure and method of operation. Web hosting accounts with most traditional providers are often housed on servers or in data centers which are powered by carbon-emitting power sources, notably gas or coal. As a result, harmful emissions are released into the atmosphere and contribute to accelerated climate change.
A green hosting provider reduces its carbon emissions through smart, sensible choices when it comes to its power sources and power consumption. Web Hosting Canada’s green hosting platform is powered entirely by renewable energy, sourced from hydroelectricity generated in Quebec and British Columbia. Furthermore, WHC reduces its power consumption through the use of energy-saving Solid State Drives (SSDs) and water-cooling technologies, as opposed to power-hungry air conditioning systems. WHC’s efforts are verified and accredited by the Green Business Bureau.
Clean, renewable energy, in combination with energy efficient servers and an energy-conscious company culture, allows you to operate your website with little to no negative impact on the planet.
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