Netflix reveals its energy consumption almost DOUBLE last year thanks to its worldwide streaming service
Netflix almost revealed its energy consumption DOUBLE last year when it streamed content to 158 million subscribers
- In an annual sustainability report, Netflix says that energy consumption has increased by 84 percent
- It consumed the equivalent amount of electricity as 40,000 American homes
- About 20 percent of its energy consumption went to its own offices and studios
- The remaining 80 percent was used by external partners and servers
This month, Netflix revealed that the energy consumption for 2019 was almost double that in 2018.
The company consumed the equivalent of what 40,000 average American houses would consume in a year.
Netflix burned a total of 451,000 megawatt-hour energy in 2019, rising from 245,000 megawatt-hour in 2018.
Just as much energy is needed to keep Netflix streaming services running as 40,000 US homes would use in a year, and the company’s energy consumption almost doubled between 2018 and 2019
94,000 megawatt hours went to keeping the lights in its own offices and studio spaces.
Another 357,000 megawatt hours went to what the company calls “indirect electricity use.”
This includes all electricity used by external companies to support its streaming service, including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and servers maintained by various internet providers around the world.
In 2018, the company’s indirect energy consumption was only 194,000 megawatt-hours, while office and studio consumption was 51,000 megawatt-hours, according to a resume in variety.
While Netflix’s energy consumption is increasing, it says it is taking measures to reduce the environmental impact of that consumption.
Netflix points to their support for renewable energy projects in 20 countries around the world, including Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, South Africa, Vietnam, Turkey, Malaysia and elsewhere.
Netflix divides its energy consumption into two categories, one includes what its own offices and studios use, which make up around 20 percent of total use. The second category includes all external partners such as Amazon Web Services, who keep the content available 24 hours a day
The company also supports the development of renewable energy in 15 US states, including Alaska, Georgia, South Dakota, Texas and New York.
Netflix acknowledges that an unspecified percentage of its energy consumption comes from non-renewable sources, but the company claims it compensates for this use with an equivalent amount of energy from 100 percent renewable sources.
The company also emphasizes its efforts to promote environmentally aware practices in its offices and through the content that it disseminates.
“In our offices, sustainable practices include donating excess food and reducing our use of paper,” the company report says.
“Finally, through content such as Our Planet – with David Attenborough and supported by the World Wildlife Fund – we work with storytellers who use their talents to draw attention to environmental issues and reach millions of people around the world.