Committed to

Renewable Energy

We use a mix of public cloud providers. At the bottom of this page we outline, and link to, the energy policies of each infrastructure provider. We are almost certain that every single server we provision is powered entirely by renewable energy. For instance, both Google and Amazon operate their own wind farms.

However, you will note that some of those providers, for example DigitalOcean, do not explicitly state their energy policy for each location. This is because they sometimes use colocation providers such as Equinix where they are not in control of the energy mix.

We therefore take an extremely proactive approach to ensuring every Stablepoint service is carbon neutral. We calculate our entire energy usage, regardless of source, and offset it twice over. In effect, this means that we are offsetting renewable energy, as if it were actually non-renewable -- twice!

This includes web server power consumption, as well as staff consumption and commute estimations.

Local projects

Making a difference to the local environment

We are lucky to have offices in some of the most beautiful locations. Some of the work we do is with projects in the areas we are delighted to call home.

In the Cotswolds

We worked with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust to plant a fruit tree orchard over 4 acres.

We planted an assortment of local heritage apples, cider apples, eating apples and cooking apples. as well as some cherry, plum and pear. The trees were planted as two-year-old saplings in 2018, and will reach full height within 10 years.

The orchard will help to increase biodiversity and encourage the increased presence of bees and butterflies.

In Indonesia

Through our partnership Ecologi we are able to partake in funding projects around the world. One of the chosen projects is the 75MW Sidrap windfarm in South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia. This includes not only the wind farm itself, but also 22 local co-benefit projects such as clean water and sanitation deployments.

Energy Policies by Provider

Each public cloud provider has their own energy policy. Here we explain the fundamentals and link to their information pages.

Providers

  • Shared hosting
  • Reseller hosting
  • Dedicated servers
Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services

AWS have a 100% renewable energy commitment, and are building out dedicated wind farms around the world to power their own datacentres. See their sustainability policy.

Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform

100% renewable. Google purchase renewable energy to match or exceed any consumption. Read their energy policy and commitments.

Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft has been carbon neutral since 2012 and is committed to being carbon negative by 2030. Read their environmental policy.

DigitalOcean
DigitalOcean

Confirmed 100% renewable in all locations aside from Bangalore, where the status is non-disclosed. London, Amsterdam & Frankfurt are on green grids, while Singapore, San Francisco, Toronto and New York City are from 100% renewable suppliers.

Linode
Linode

Linode servers are 100% renewable in all locations we offer (London, Frankfurt, Singapore, Tokyo).

Alibaba Cloud
Alibaba Cloud

We are not able to find published energy data, though some datacentres are powered with innovative fresh water cooling. However, Alibaba are very strong on CSR, including poverty relief in China. See their CSR and sustainability hub.

Managed WordPress

  • Managed WordPress
Google Cloud Platform
Google Cloud Platform

100% renewable. Google purchase renewable energy to match or exceed any consumption. Read their energy policy and commitments.

Power usage calculation

To get as accurate a figure as possible to our actual energy usage, we have broken down our power usage by area. Not only are the below figures pessimistic, and not only is almost all of the energy we use renewable, but we nevertheless take the output from the below and offset it three times over!

Web Servers

Web servers include each individual shared or reseller server, as well as dedicated machines. We work out average usage per server and multiple that by the number of servers have active each month.

10.5 watts

Per Core

744 hours

Per month

8 cores

Per server (on average)

~60 kWH

Monthly energy usage per server

41 tonnes

Annual CO2 output across all of our servers

Office Costs

All of our staff work in our offices, but we tend to have fairly substantial desktop computers as well as phones and laptops. We therefore assume the following:

1 desktop computer

Per person

2 monitors

Per person

1 laptop

Per person

2 phones

Per person

3.14159 cups of coffee

Per day per person

Commute and Travel

Not only do we commute to work each day, but we also travel between offices for training. Many team members take public transport or cycle, but we over-estimate.

10 Miles

Per person

2 short haul flights

Per person per year

2 international flights

Per person per year