There is no doubt that this year has been a break in life as we know it. The world around us is changing, as is our concept of normality. Now, more than ever, it is important that Akamai continues to operate as usual, providing fast, smart and secure services to our customers, but we also have the opportunity to do much more. From the perspective of a sustainable development expert, COWID-19 gave me time to reflect on the importance of investing in our planet, today, tomorrow and in the future.
Akamai has a unique opportunity at the border because of the connections we make all over the world. Our intellectual platform has proven that it can meet the challenges of the world. We have over 280,000 servers in more than 4,100 locations worldwide and support thousands of customers. Now that we are through this pandemic, there is no better time than now to acknowledge our connection. We all belong to the same country. We drink his water. We’re breathing his air. As we all continue to navigate through these uncertain times, it is time to seize this opportunity and act in the best interest of our planet.
Creating connections through permanent change is crucial. More recently, Akamai has been involved through the Ceres-BICEP network in various legislative efforts to support greener, healthier communities. The Regional Transport and Climate Initiative is a joint effort of more than 100 companies working to improve transport and develop a clean energy economy. Virginia’s Clean Economy Act helps develop clean, cost-effective energy sources to put Virginia on the path to 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2050. These efforts, which are based on and support environmental legislation, are an integral part of our sustainable development efforts, showing that we want to go beyond what we could do as a company.
In addition to our legislative work, we also take an innovative approach to sharing the benefits of renewable energy sources with our partners. The Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), in partnership with Akamai, announced the creation of the LESsor Sustainable Energy Network (LESSEN). The first of its kind offers data centre owners and operators meaningful and applicable training to develop sustainable and successful energy strategies. LESSEN will build on the success of the REBA Future of Internet Power (FoIP) initiative, which has enabled a small group of leading large data centers to take action and implement sustainability principles by bridging the gap between small and medium-sized data centers.
When I think of this period of complexity and uncertainty, it is clear that making connections in the future is essential to sustain our activities in the long term and ultimately improve the earth. We guide you through COVID-19 and are there to meet your essential business needs. We strive to become stronger and better and are ready to take on new challenges by developing opportunities that meet the needs of our customers, our employees, our society and our planet.
To learn more about Akamai’s commitment to sustainability, visit akamai.com/sustainability.
*** This is a syndicated blog from a network of Akamai blog security bloggers, written by Mike Matter. The original message can be found at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/TheAkamaiBlog/~3/ycWrHsdZBa8/making-connections-to-sustainable-action-during-a-pandemic.html