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Sustainability in the Cloud
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is focused on efficiency and continuous innovation across our global infrastructure, as we continue on our path to powering our operations with 100 % renewable energy by 2025.

Sustainability in the Cloud

Renewable Energy
Learn how AWS is working to achieve Amazon's goal of 100 % renewable energy.
  • Amazon announces nine new utility-scale wind and solar energy projects in the US, Canada, Spain, Sweden and the UK, making Amazon the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. Read More
  • Amazon announces 26 new utility-scale wind and solar projects in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the US, making Amazon the world’s largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy in 2020. Read More
  • Amazon announces five new renewable energy projects in China, Australia, Ohio and Virginia, with a combined 615 MW of additional renewable capacity and an expected generation of 1.2 million MWh of energy annually. Read More
  • AWS announces four new renewable energy projects in Australia, Spain, Sweden and the US. Combined, these projects are expected to produce almost 300 MW of additional renewable capacity and approximately 840,000 MWh of energy annually. Read More
  • Amazon announces three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain, which are expected to produce a combined 329 MW of additional renewable capacity and almost 700,000 MWh of energy annually. Read More
  • AWS announces three new renewable energy projects in the US and UK. Combined, these projects are expected to produce 265 MW of additional renewable capacity and approximately 670,000 MWh of energy annually. Read More
  • AWS announced two new renewable energy projects in Europe and the US. Amazon’s second renewable energy project in the Republic of Ireland and seventh in the Commonwealth of Virginia are expected to produce approximately 168,000 megawatt hours of clean energy annually. Read More
  • AWS announced three new wind farms – one in Ireland, one in Sweden and one in the US. When complete, these projects are expected to generate 670,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy annually. Read More
  • Wind farms like this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    2018
    AWS exceeded 50 % renewable energy usage for 2018.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    December 2017
    Five solar farms that AWS previously announced are now in operation in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Together with Amazon Solar Farm US East, the six solar farms bring 260 megawatts of renewable energy capacity into the grid.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    November 2016
    AWS announced five new solar farms across the Commonwealth of Virginia—these solar farms join the company’s existing project, Amazon Solar Farm US East, which went into production in October 2016. Amazon worked with developers Virginia Solar LLC and Community Energy Solar on the projects, and will further collaborate with an affiliate of Dominion Resources, Inc. to own and operate the solar farms.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    October 2016
    Amazon Solar Farm US East is now in production in Accomack County, Virginia. The 80 megawatt solar farm is expected to generate approximately 170,000 megawatt hours of solar power annually.
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    June 2016
    AWS and Dominion Virginia Power join forces on a landmark renewable energy delivery deal. With this, Dominion Virginia Power will manage and integrate the energy produced from various Amazon wind and solar farm projects into the grid that serves AWS data centres.
  • Amazon joined Apple, Google and Microsoft in filing an Amicus Brief that supports the continued implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and discusses the technology industry’s growing desire for affordable renewable energy across the U.S. Read the brief here
  • Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge launched, marking the first of our four announced renewable energy projects to move into full operation.
  • AWS announced that it has contracted with EDP Renewables to construct and operate Amazon Wind Farm US Central.
  • Amazon joined The Buyers’ Principles to collaborate with more than 40 other companies on making clean energy solutions more affordable and accessible to all. Learn more about The Buyers' Principles
  • AWS announced that it has contracted with Iberdrola Renewables, LLC to construct and operate Amazon Wind Farm US East.
  • AWS announced that is has teamed with Community Energy, Inc. to construct and operate Amazon Solar Farm US East. Read the press release
  • Solar farms likes this are just one of the ways AWS is working to achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy.
    April 2015
    Amazon announced that it has joined the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) and will participate in the US Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (US PREF) to increase its work with state and federal policymakers and other stakeholders to enable more renewable energy opportunities for cloud providers.
  • A vertical image of a wind turbine at the Amazon Wind Farm Indiana – Fowler Ridge.
    January 2015
    AWS announced it has teamed with Pattern Development to construct and operate Amazon Wind Farm Fowler Ridge.
  • Eight wind turbines sit in a field of crops at the Amazon Wind Farm Indiana – Fowler Ridge
    November 2014
    AWS shared its long-term commitment to achieve 100 % renewable energy usage for the global AWS infrastructure footprint.
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Find out more about our renewable energy projects across the globe.
AWS purchases and retires environmental attributes, like Renewable Energy Credits and Guarantees of Origin, to cover the non-renewable energy we use in these regions:
  • US West (Oregon)
  • GovCloud (US West)
  • Europe (Frankfurt)
  • Canada (Central)
  • Europe (Ireland)
"When we factor in the carbon intensity of consumed electricity and renewable energy purchases, which reduce associated carbon emissions, AWS performs the same task with an 88 % lower carbon footprint."
Source: 451 Research, 2019, All Rights Reserved.
The results of a study by 451 Research show that AWS’s infrastructure is 3.6 times more energy efficient than the median of US enterprise data centres surveyed. AWS data centres are also more energy efficient than enterprise sites due to comprehensive efficiency programmes that touch every facet of the facility.
AWS has multiple initiatives underway to use water more efficiently and use less potable (drinking) water to cool our data centres. AWS develops our water-use strategy by evaluating climate patterns for each AWS Region, local water management and availability, and the opportunity to conserve drinking water sources. Taking a holistic approach, we assess both the water and energy usage of each potential cooling solution to select the most efficient method.
As part of our focus on building a sustainable business for our customers and the planet, AWS is committed to reducing the water used for cooling our data centres.
The Amazon Sustainability Data Initiative (ASDI) seeks to accelerate sustainability research and innovation by minimising the cost and time required to acquire and analyze large sustainability data sets. ASDI supports innovators and researchers with the data, tools and technical expertise they need to move sustainability to the next level.
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