Sustainability

Afilias and Corporate Sustainability

Corporate sustainability is a driver of innovation. That’s what a major study in the Harvard Business Review found. And Afilias is in complete agreement. As a company that provides ways for customers to innovate through new top-level domains, managed DNS and mobile solutions, Afilias is committed to innovation and sustainable growth.

Afilias aims to be a leader in corporate sustainability practices. From energy consumption reduction initiatives to waste reduction and recycling, Afilias maintains an ongoing focus on corporate sustainability because it makes good sense, both for our business and the environment. For example, in 2012 we expect to use between 60 to 80 percent less energy in our global data centers due to a significant infrastructure redesign and a consolidation of our existing centers.

Given the tremendous amount of Internet data that Afilias handles daily, it is no surprise that our biggest sustainability impact as a business is the energy consumption of our data centers. Some of the ways we address that impact are by:

  • Monitoring data center energy consumption in real time and consistently working to reduce consumption, decreasing costs and improving energy efficiency.
  • Sending our end-of-lifecycle data center and office electronic equipment to approved sources for responsible onshore dismantling and recycling.
  • Locating the majority of Afilias’ data center infrastructure in Ontario, Canada, which recently implemented a landmark Green Energy Act to support the growth of renewable energy.

Additional Sustainability Efforts

While Afilias’ data centers are our biggest environmental impact, there are many other sustainability efforts -- small and large -- that we make:

  • Afilias has moved to workgroup printers -- versus individual desktop printers -- to encourage doubled-sided printing and to print only when needed.
  • When purchasing new equipment and office supplies, Afilias favors eco-certified products such as Energy Star and EPEAT electrical and computer equipment and Forest Stewardship Council paper.
  • Afilias promotes teleworking and teleconferencing to reduce travel while increasing collaboration. And of the employees who work in Afilias offices, more than 35 percent of them use public transportation. For comparison purposes, only 12 percent of Canadians and five percent of Americans on average use public transportation.
  • In the office where the majority of Afilias’ staff members are based, a high-efficiency LED lighting upgrade, including occupancy sensors, is underway. This effort joins existing sustainability programs like water consumption reduction and increased recycling, including paper recycling.

New gTLD Program: Innovation and Sustainability

With the ICANN New gTLD Program that will bring hundreds of new top-level domains live in the coming years, Afilias expects a significant increase in the registry operations customers we now have. Due to improved technology and the energy efficiency of our infrastructure redesign, however, Afilias anticipates serving this increased customer base with significantly fewer servers than we have today, ensuring decreased energy use while delivering superior customer service and support. 

As part of our commitment to sustainability, Afilias is pleased to have Big Room Inc. as a new gTLD customer, applying for “.ECO”. Trevor Bowden, co-founder of .ECO, said, “With the introduction of new top-level domains, we see a huge opportunity for innovation, and Big Room's vision for .ECO is to create an open global platform for people to share their information on sustainability.”

If you’re interested in learning more about sustainability, please visit the .ECO website.