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In this section, you will find the list of 'Website' questions that are used in the web-related sector ranking matrices (for example: social networks, search engines, online shopping, etc.). The questions are categorized into three areas: Climate Change, Ecology and Labor Conditions/Human Rights. Clicking on a question heading will provide you with more background information, guidelines and possible jurisdiction for the question.

The major issue in the website sector is the ongoing growth of energy consumption for the expanding online (cloud) services. Greenpeace describes and analyzes this trend, and suggests a pathway towards Cool IT.

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Questions about Climate Change

Websites Climate Change Question 1:
Is there a policy for the brand (company) to minimize, reduce or compensate carbon emissions?

Websites Climate Change Question 2:
Has the brand (company) published the annual carbon footprint of its 'own operations', including the energy used in the data centers?

Websites Climate Change Question 3:
Has the brand (company) already reduced or compensated the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 10% in the last 5 years?

Websites Climate Change Question 4:
Has the brand (company) set a target to reduce the carbon footprint of its 'own operations' by at least 20% within the next 5 years?

<<obsolete question 5: When choosing data hosting services, has the brand stated that they considered the energy efficiency or the location of the data center (to assess the availability of renewable resources and/or efficient cooling)?>>

Websites Climate Change Question 5:
Is at least 10% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Websites Climate Change Question 6:
Is at least 25% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Websites Climate Change Question 7:
Is at least 50% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Websites Climate Change Question 8:
Is 100% of the electricity used by the brand (company) generated from renewable resources, such as wind or solar energy?

Websites Climate Change Question 9:
Is the average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of its used data centers below 1,5?

Websites Climate Change Question 10:
Is the average Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of its used data centers below 1,25?

Websites Climate Change Question 11:
Is the average utilization ratio of its used data centers higher than 20%? (NOT YET ACTIVE FOR THIS SECTOR)

Questions about Ecology

Please note that the order can differ from what you find on the website.

1. Does the brand (company) publish its annual material footprint and does the brand have an effective policy in place to reduce the overall environmental impact of material use?
Electronics Update Question 1 ADDED april 2015.

2. Does the brand (company) have a corporate policy for environmentally responsible disposal of e-waste?
Websites Ecology Question 1

3. Does the brand have a policy to seek out suppliers and/or service providers that conduct their business in environmentally responsible ways and does the brand provide concrete examples of this policy?
Websites Ecology Question 2

4. Does the brand have a concrete environmental procurement policy for all electronics used - including servers?
Websites Ecology Question 3 ADDED april 2015.

Questions about Labour Conditions and Human Rights

Websites Labour Conditions and Human Rights Question 1:
Does the brand have a policy to seek out suppliers and/or service providers who conduct their business in more socially responsible ways and does the brand provide concrete examples of this policy?

Websites Labour Conditions and Human Rights Question 2 ADDED april 2015.
Does the brand have a concrete socially responsible procurement policy for all electronics used - including servers?