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Is DigitalOcean Green Hosting?

by Andrew

Wind turbines in a field

Photo by Luca Bravo on Unsplash

DigitalOcean is a fantastically simple provider of cloud hosting services with transparent pricing. Regrettably, they're less transparent about their green credentials.

This post is a living document explaining which DigitalOcean data centres we think are green. This is surmised data through support requests, community notes, and some assumptions, and maybe incorrect. If you know better, please email me on andrew@madebymutual.com and I'll revise this.

If being in a green facility is critical to your requirements, please check with their official support team for a verified answer.

Summary: currently only FRA1 (Frankfurt, Germany) is a green data centre.

Last updated: 4th October 2019.

🇺🇸 New York City, USA - NYC1

NYC1 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇺🇸 New York City, USA - NYC2

NYC2 is housed in a Digital Realty facility.

According to their Clean Energy page they are aiming towards 100% renewable energy but are currently at around 30% (although we suspect this varies per facility). They do appear to offset 100% of the carbon footprint.

Verdict: Not yet green, and some ways to go - but they do carbon offsetting.

🇺🇸 New York City, USA - NYC3

NYC3 is housed in a Digital Realty facility.

According to their Clean Energy page they are aiming towards 100% renewable energy but are currently at around 30% (although we suspect this varies per facility). They do appear to offset 100% of the carbon footprint.

Verdict: Not yet green, and some ways to go - but they do carbon offsetting.

🇺🇸 San Francisco, USA - SFO1

SFO1 is housed in a Digital Realty facility.

According to their Clean Energy page they are aiming towards 100% renewable energy but are currently at around 30% (although we suspect this varies per facility). They do appear to offset 100% of the carbon footprint.

Verdict: Not yet green, and some ways to go - but they do carbon offsetting.

🇺🇸 San Francisco, USA - SFO2

SFO2 is housed in a Digital Realty facility.

According to their Clean Energy page they are aiming towards 100% renewable energy but are currently at around 30% (although we suspect this varies per facility). They do appear to offset 100% of the carbon footprint.

Verdict: Not yet green, and some ways to go - but they do carbon offsetting.

🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands - AMS2

AMS2 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇳🇱 Amsterdam, Netherlands - AMS3

AMS3 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇸🇬 Singapore - SGP1

SGP1 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇬🇧 London, UK - LON1

LON1 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇩🇪 Frankfurt, Germany - FRA1

FRA 1 is housed in an Interxion facility.

According to their Sustainability Page, 100% of their energy comes from renewable sources.

Verdict: Green! Good old renewable energy in use 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳

🇨🇦 Toronto, Canada - TOR1

TOR1 is housed in an Equinix facility.

According to their Sustainability Report they cover 90% of their footprint with net-zero carbon emission energy. They have a long-term goal of reaching 100% clean and renewable energy but as far as we can tell have not yet achieved it.

Verdict: Not yet green, but working towards it.

🇮🇳 Bangalore, India - BLR1

BLR1 is housed in an NTT Communications facility.

Their 2018 Sustainability Report suggests that their India facility uses wind power but we can't see any evidence of it being 100% green

Verdict: Not yet green, but uses some wind power.