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Greenpeace slams Amazon for dirty cloud power

Amazon denies criticism, claims it's green
Mon Jul 28 2014, 13:41
Amazon and Greenpeace clash over green energy use

GREENPEACE HAS CRITICISED Amazon Web Services (AWS) for the cloud provider's lack of green credentials, claiming the data centres that power its services are not energy efficient.

In recent weeks Greenpeace has praised rivals to Amazon such as Apple and Microsoft for plans to use renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power, while it has criticised Amazon for failing to follow suit.

Now, in its most recent attack, Greenpeace senior energy campaigner David Pomerantz has used the availaibility of the Amazon Fire Phone to criticise the company, calling it a "stone-age" machine with regards how its cloud-hosted services are powered.

"Cloud-based storage of photos and other smartphone data doesn't have to harm the environment: Apple, in stark contrast to Amazon, is powering its iCloud with 100 percent renewable energy," he said.

"If Amazon wants to offer its customers a modern phone, it could start by powering its operations with modern, renewable forms of electricity like the wind and solar power currently being employed by its competitors."

However, Amazon hit back, telling The INQUIRER that Greenpeace's information is "inaccurate and misleading" and ignores the facts Amazon has already provided.

The firm said, "AWS has been and continues to be committed to working hard on our own, and together with our power providers all over the world, to offer AWS Cloud services in an environmentally friendly way.

"AWS operates efficient and highly utilised data centres across 10 different regions globally, two of which (Oregon and Govcloud regions) use 100 percent carbon-free power."

This is not the first time the two organisations have clashed this year, after a Greenpeace report in April slammed Amazon for its lack of green energy use. At the time AWS hit back, accusing Greenpeace of ignoring key data.

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