The release of Open Data Center Alliance Usage Model: Carbon Footprint and Energy Efficiency Rev. 2.01 established the fundamental requirements to create an open, standardized framework for calculating the carbon footprint generated by cloud services. The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA strongly advocates the use of green power sources, which can significantly help lower CO2 emissions, while recognizing that such sources are not available at every location. In all instances, the most efficient use of power, regardless of the method of generation, can have a large impact on the overall carbon footprint of cloud service workloads.
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