Alibaba Group has joined the Low Carbon Patent Pledge (LCPP), an international platform that encourages the sharing of patents for low carbon data centre technologies.
Alibaba Cloud, the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, also aims to have its global data centres running entirely on clean energy by 2030, starting with upgrades to five of its hyper-scale data centres in China.
The initiative marks the first time that Alibaba Group has pledged to offer critical intellectual property broadly available on sustainability.
The patents offered are part of its green datacentre technologies, including the “soaking server” cooling system that Alibaba Cloud has deployed for its datacentres since 2015.
“We believe technology innovation is a key driver in transitioning to the low-carbon circular economy of the future,” Alibaba Group vice president and chair of Alibaba’s Sustainability Steering Committee Dr. Chen Long said.
“As a pioneer and global technology leader, we are committed to taking broader social responsibility to use technology to level the playing field and to empower the wider social groups, creating long-term value.
“We are excited to join the pledge as a way to encourage a collective approach to build a sustainable and inclusive future for the society and environment through open collaboration, joint innovations and mutual inspiration.”