Netflix doubled its energy consumption with increasing subscriptions

Netflix doubled its energy consumption with increasing subscriptions

An extensive review of its processes is making Netflix in its environmental and social responsibility report. If a few days ago we present the films and series that have been blocked by local governments, now it is the time to review how much energy the streaming service has consumed.

According to the figures, the Reed Hastings company increased energy consumption by 84% in 2019 compared to 2018. The explanation for this has two points:

  • The first is the energy used to execute the Netflix operation and,
  • the second is the energy used to transmit content through a global network to each subscriber, which increased by 20% in 2019.

As stated in the report, for 2018, Netflix operations used 51,000 megawatts per hour, while the publication content was 194,000 megawatts hour, for a total of 245,000 megawatts hour. Last year, the use of energy from operations increased to 94,000 megawatt hours while the content of the service required 357,000 megawatt hours, for a total of 451,000 megawatt hours.

However, the environmental mitigations that the streaming service is establishing has to do with the use of renewable energy and carbon offsetting in twenty countries and fifteen states in the United States.

Netflix explains in more detail how it uses energy:

“This includes the use of energy companies. We work with Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud, and the power required to support the servers we install with internet providers. We do not control this energy footprint, so we cannot address its efficiency directly ourselves. But s we account for emissions related to regional renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets. This indirect energy consumption was approximately 357,000 megawatts hours in 2019. That means 100 percent of our estimated direct and indirect non-renewable energy consumption combined with renewable energy certificates and carbon offsets in 2019 ”.

The countries where you have environmental projects are:

  • Brazil
  • Canad
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Guatemala
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Philippines
  • South africa
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • U.S
  • Vietnam

Meanwhile, the US states where they have environmental protection and energy renewal programs are:

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • South carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas

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