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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced that its first renewable power project outside of the European Union (EU) and the United States will be in Australia.

The Australian project is one of six new renewable energy projects announced at AWS’ annual re:Invent conference, currently being held in Las Vegas.

According to AWS, together, these new projects are expected to produce a total 711MW of new renewable energy capacity, and will help the company achieve its “long-term global commitment within Amazon’s Climate Pledge”

AWS says there are “hundreds of thousands” of active customers using AWS services in Australia each month including Atlassian, Canva, nib health funds, Australia Post, Kmart Group, IAG, Carsales, Qantas, Woodside, REA Group, Seek, Xinja, Boral, Lion Nathan, Origin Energy, Australian Bureau of Statistics, ParKam, NAB, Amaysim, Westpac’s Littler Ripper Group, and the Australian Taxation Office.

And globally Amazon says it has over 70 renewable energy projects that have the capacity to generate over 1,900 MW and deliver more than 5.3 million MWh of energy annually.”

Paul Migliorini, Managing Director for Amazon Web Services in Australia and New Zealand said: “We know our customers care about sustainability, and are excited to announce that our first renewable power project outside of Europe and the USA will be in Australia”.

“The project will help bring us closer to achieving our long-term global commitment within Amazon’s Climate Pledge of reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030, and be on our path to net zero carbon by 2040.

“We will provide further details about the Australian project in due course.”

Migliorini said AWS is committed to running its business in the “most environmentally friendly way possible, and our scale allows us to achieve higher resource utilization and energy efficiency than the typical on-premises data center”.

Migliorini cited a recent study by 451, a global research firm specialising in insights for enterprise IT companies, which found that AWS’s infrastructure is 3.6 times more energy efficient than the median of surveyed enterprise data centers, with more than two thirds of this advantage due to a more energy efficient server population and higher server utilisation.

“AWS data centers are also more energy efficient than enterprise sites due to comprehensive efficiency programs that touch every facet of our facilities.

“When they factored in the carbon intensity of consumed electricity and renewable energy purchases, 451 found that AWS performs the same task with an 88% lower carbon footprint. In addition to the environmental benefits inherently associated with running applications in the cloud, AWS exceeded 50% renewable energy usage for 2018."

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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