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There is a growing concern in the community to use reduce the carbon impact of the tech industry. Choosing a data centre powered by renewable energy to host our websites/apps is an easy way to reduce our carbon impact, at least a little.
Google Cloud has a 100% carbon offset (cloud.google.com/renewable-energy) and AWS has 5 regions which are powered by renewable energy.
I couldn't find any information on netlify.com regarding where/how the netlify servers are powered, do you have any information about it? It'd be really amazing to have a breakdown on the carbon consumption of a netlify project! (see thegreenwebfoundation.org/news/trying-an-id..)
This is really important to me. I'm currently looking to move all sites I'm responsible for to carbon-neutral (ideally directly renewable-powered) infrastructure.
Obviously speed, efficiency, and cache proximity to the user are super-important factors as Phil outlined above, so any research Netlify can produce on the impact of this on power efficiency would be incredibly useful.
In the meantime, it would be really helpful if an estimate could be made available of approximately how much of Netlify's resources are provided by which providers, so that the energy sources used by those providers can be taken into account. (Or better still, if Netlify wanted to do the maths based on those figures and publish a total carbon estimate as a percentage of total power usage.)