Finding out where your resources are hosted around the world is a great way to visualise the transfer of data and know how green your web hosting really is.
EcoPing is a bit different.
We do not look at the hosting provider's "green credentials" or certificates to to determine if they are using renewable energy (it's far too easy to buy carbon credits).
We look at where your resources come from and what the energy production is like in those locations to determine if the resource is hosted on renewable electricity.
It gives a more accurate idea of green web hosting.
You might be thinking, "why do we do it this way?" It's a great question...
As only 28.7% (in 2021) of global electricity production is from renewables, there's a high chance this electricity used to keep the data center on (24/7) is running off fossil fuels. And as hosting accounts for 15% of overall website carbon emissions it can make a big difference in what hosting provider you use and what country they are being stored in.
With some fancy internal tools we've made, we can find out what location a resource comes from and what the current live carbon intensity is. We can use this carbon intensity when calculating a resources emissions based off it's transfer size.
It's so easy to buy carbon credits and certificate to say you're a "Green Eco Web Hosting Powered by Renewable Energy" even in locations with high fossil fuel grids. That's not really possible without your own off-grid solutions; something that is very rare.
The more data we know about the resource being transferred the more precise calculating we can do.
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