Ant Group to grant free patent access to its green computing technologies

Benjamin Bai, Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Ant Group

Ant Group announced that it has joined the Low Carbon Patent Pledge and made certain green computing patents available for free to low carbon innovators around the world. Ant Group joins other global leaders in low-carbon innovation like Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Microsoft and Meta, in making these tech more accessible to address climate change.

What patents is Ant Group allowing free access?

“The fight against climate change needs innovative solutions. We always leverage our tech for social good. By providing our green patents to the pool of free patents pledged by other firms, we hope to facilitate more carbon reduction that will help address the challenge of climate change,” said Benjamin Bai, V.P and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Ant Group.

Ant Group will first grant free access to seven green computing patents that improve the utilization rates of data servers, with additional patents to be released at a later stage.

How valued are green technologies to Ant Group?

Green technologies played a key role in supporting Ant Group’s achievement to reach carbon neutrality in its operations in 2021. This is one of the core commitments the Company made as part of its pledge to reach net zero in carbon emissions by 2030.

Since 2019, Ant Group has been adopting and applying green computing technologies to its operations, including online-offline hybrid deployment, cloud-native time-shared scheduling, AI-based auto scaling and OceanBase enterprise-level distributed relational database. As a result, the Company more than doubled the utilization rates of data servers in three years.

In 2021, green computing tech contributed to about 82% of all carbon emissions reduced along the Company’s value chain. In February 2022, Ant Group was recognized as a Top 100 Global Innovator™ 2022 by Clarivate™. This prestigious annual list identifies global companies and institutions that contribute new ideas, solve problems and create new economic value.

The Low Carbon Patent Pledge was launched on Earth Day 2021 by HPE, Microsoft and Meta to promote low carbon technologies and foster collaborative innovation.