DEAL – Use Green Web Hosting to preserve our planet with INFOMANIAK

At Infomaniak, we offer a wide range of web hosting and digital services that cater to the needs of businesses and individuals alike. We are a Swiss-based company committed to sustainability. And we take pride in minimizing our environmental impact by powering our data centers with 100% renewable energy and using natural cooling methods.

Our reliable and secure hosting solutions prioritize data privacy and customer support. We have received several awards for our services, including “Best Swiss Host” and “Green Web Host of the Year”.

We strive to offer tailored solutions that meet the unique needs of our customers. And we are dedicated to providing exceptional service and support every step of the way. By choosing Infomaniak, you can trust that you’re working with a company that values sustainability, security, and customer satisfaction.

We pollute?

Even if we offset all our greenhouse gas emissions by 200%…

But we have taken action to reduce our footprint. Since 2007.

In 2020 Infomaniak generated 998.1 tCO2eq. To mitigate our environmental impact, we have funded projects in Switzerland and Nicaragua which will absorb 1996.2 tCO2eq for a total amounting to CHF 67,437.-.

We can only improve what we measure meticulously.

The CO2 emissions calculation covers all our activities and the life cycle of the products that we consume. Raw material extraction, production, transport, waste… everything is taken into account, even our employees’ daily commute! These measures are audited every year by SGS through the audit of our ISO 14001:2015 certification.

What pollutes most at Infomaniak? Purchasing new servers!

This is because we use renewable energy and natural outside air to cool our data centers, which means that our servers would need to operate for 7 to 10 years to emit the same amount of CO2 generated during their production.

We’ve therefore decided to extend the life of our servers to 15 years. That means opting for more expensive servers which can subsequently evolve with more advantageous components.

We guarantee the performance and reliability of our services through the redundancy of our services and cloud infrastructure, which enables on-demand resource allocation.

The challenge ? To find the best compromise between:

  • Our growing needs in terms of resources.
  • Changing certain server components to enhance their performance and thus extend their service life.
  • Disconnect the servers after 15 years of activity for reasons of poor energy efficiency.

We constantly optimise the use of resources.

The server automatically allocates its resources to other tasks when they are not in use, without affecting the performance of other services. The result is that we can provide more services with fewer servers and an equivalent performance level.

Our developers are continuously optimizing our products to improve the performance of our services and avoid unnecessary resource consumption (this is referred to as eco-design). Energy optimisation is based SOLELY on the equipment!

The travel and purchasing power of our employees also have an impact on our environmental footprint.

A bonus of up to CHF 1’500 / year to encourage our staff to adopt a soft mobility approach.

We make our employees aware of our environmental impact and encourage them to adopt environmentally-friendly behaviour in both their private and professional life.

A mobility plan also promotes more environmentally-friendly transport. This approach reduces our carbon emissions, improves the health of our employees and develops new virtuous habits. It is an investment!Infomaniak is one of the 500 largest consumers of energy in the Canton of Geneva.

E-mails, kDrive, data centers… all our services are driven by renewable energy.

The electricity we buy is 60% hydro and 40% green energy (solar and micro hydro plants that preserve natural waterways and allow fish to flow freely). We are bringing online a 450 kW solar power plant in 2022 and planning to deploy one on our next data centre (DCIV), scheduled to launch in 2023.

In 2020 alone, we would have consumed 28% more electricity without our energy performance interventions. This is the equivalent of 301 Swiss households.

We design our own data centers, with no air-conditioning, so that they go beyond the energy efficiency standards of the market.

Our PUE figures are among the best in the world.

To achieve such a low energy efficiency indicator (PUE < 1.1 compared to a European average of 1.46), we only cool our data centers with filtered outside air and constantly adjust the ventilation according to real needs.

On average, our infrastructures consume 8.7 W for 100 W dedicated to operating our servers.

In 2019, our optimisation efforts once again enabled us to reduce our electricity consumption by 14.7%, and we won’t stop there.

The Infomaniak data centers are cooled using filtered outside air.

Our energy inverters operate in standby mode. This might not seem much, but it allows us to save 5% energy . Every watt counts.

Our electricity generators serve the community.

We generate 2.7 tCO2 eq / year to test the emergency electricity supply of our infrastructures which use fuel oil. When the local electricity grid encounters a problem, Swissgrid can make use of our generators to secure and stabilise the operations of the Swiss electricity network.

Our operational waste represents 0.4% of our CO2 emissions.

Do we really need that?

How will it be recycled?

Is it local and responsible ?

We conduct a preliminary analysis on all purchases to consider alternative solutions and optimize new equipment for extended utility. We prioritize local and responsible suppliers and commit to reducing incinerable waste by 16% by the end of 2023 (compared to 2019 waste volume). Since 2015, we have been measuring our waste, including in our offices.The next stage will be to reduce the volume of our electronic waste.Financing projects to offset our CO2 emissions is an interim solution that any company can easily implement.

We offset our CO2 emissions 200%

This includes the production and disposal of servers as well as the production of the electricity we use and the travel undertaken by our staff.

100% in Switzerland and 100% in Nicaragua. Earth is unique.

Our measures and calculations are not all perfect, trees grow slower than our emissions and we pollute both in Switzerland and abroad.

It is self-evident to choose 200% offsetting, and we adjust our participation every year based on the amount of CO2 emitted.

Who protects the interests of the bees, the trees and the oceans?

We allocate 1% of our growth to non-profit organizations that protect the natural world and aim to make environmental protection legislation more restrictive, particularly within our industry.

We already do a great deal, but we won’t stop there.

You too can take part in our approach!

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