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Episode 4 of the GreenMonk Podcasts – 36 mins 28 secs
My guest on this podcast is Stratoâ€™s Executive Director for Information Technology and Innovation Rene Wienholtz.
Strato are Europeâ€™s second largest hosting company and Strato are also carbon neutral! Amazingly they achieved this without buying any offsets. How did they do it?
Listen to RenÃ© explain it.
Here are the questions I asked RenÃ© and the approx. times I asked them:
Can you tell us something about your own background first and who are Strato? – 00:34
If I heard you correctly you are now the largest hosting company in Europe? – 02:28
You guys are a bit like RackSpace in the sense that you don’t do co-location, you rent space on your servers, id that right? – 02:38
You mentioned that you decided to re-architect the setup in Strato and reduce your carbon footprint, was this for environmental reasons or business reasons? – 03:34
Questions from readers:
what percentage in carbon reduction they achieved by each of the step you mention? – 05:48
Do you use underfloor plenums as well to direct the air to the cold aisles? – 21:47
Can you talk to us too about the energy savings you are getting from buying CO2 free energy? – 25:44
Have you negotiated a set price from your clean energy supplier for a set period? – 29:36
Can you tell me how long this price is guaranteed for? – 30:15
Have you had any independent 3rd party certify that you are carbon neutral? – 30:27
More questions from readers:
Has the carbon saving had a real cost benefit? Or have the lower power costs been exceeded by the premium for carbon neutral electricity? – 31:42
Would you recommend other hosting providers take the same route? – 32:53
Do you think environmental awareness is an area where European hosting companies have a head start over the US? – 34:47
Download the entire interview here