Greenpeace members protest software companies’ ‘dirty energy’

April 18, 2012, Wednesday/ 16:01:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Greenpeace members protested outside the Microsoft building in İstanbul's Levent district on Wednesday because of the software company's use of “dirty fossil fuels.”

A group of Greenpeace protesters, holding up placards that read “How clean is Microsoft's cloud?” criticized Microsoft for its cloud computing systems that use fossil fuels like coal, the Cihan news agency reported on Wednesday.

A brawl broke out between the Greenpeace protesters and Microsoft's security officials, who were unable to prevent one activist from reaching the roof of the building.

Greenpeace Climate and Energy Campaign Director Pınar Aksoğan, in comments to the press, said: “Data centers use dirty energy like coal and nuclear power. We want data centers to use clean, renewable energy. If these software companies were a nation today, they would rank fifth worldwide in the amount of energy they use.”

Aksoğan, associating the increase in non-renewable energy consumption with the increase in demand for cloud computing systems, said: “All of us download and share photos and music through cloud computing systems. Many IT companies are taking steps towards cleaner energy efficiency. However, companies like Microsoft, Apple and Amazon continue to receive energy from coal.”

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