Thursday, 17 June 2021 12:36

Equinix aims for Global Climate-Neutral Target in 2030 Featured

Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia

Digital infrastructure company Equinix says it is committed to becoming climate-neutral and has set a science-based target (SBT) for emissions reduction across its global operations and supply chain by 2030.

Equinix says its commitment - aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement - is a critical step to ensure that the company continues to advance investments and innovations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and keep global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to Equinix, the expected impact of these sustainability efforts on the broader digital ecosystem is sizable, and the company’s “many and diverse customers are expected to benefit from the greening of their digital supply chains”.

Equinix says it plans to remain committed to engaging these stakeholders to drive transparency and impact.

“The targets are supported by Equinix’s leadership and strategies across renewable energy, green finance, public policy advocacy, and leading design and operations,” says Equinix.

“Equinix’s approved emissions reduction target by the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) builds on the company’s strong track record on sustainable growth and innovation, including achieving over 90% renewable energy coverage for its data centres from 2018 to 2020. 

“To date, Equinix has issued US$3.7 billion in green bonds toward environmentally sustainable projects across green buildings, renewable energy, energy and water efficiency, waste and clean transportation. Equinix is a founding member of the EU Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact, as well as a founding board member of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA).

“The company is committed to designing and operating with an environmental focus, and in 2020 invested US$14 million to create a global Energy Efficiency Center of Excellence dedicated to driving improved efficiencies across its sites,” added Equinix.

According to Equinix, as part of its science-based target, it is aiming to reduce its Scope 1 and 2 emissions (direct and indirect from electricity) by 50 per cent by 2030 against a 2019 baseline.

“To achieve this goal, Equinix is targeting to reach 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030, fulfilling its commitment to RE100. Additional carbon emission reductions will be achieved through driving energy efficiency savings, reducing refrigerant loss, phasing out high global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants and investigating the replacement of diesel generators with cleaner on-site generation technologies.

“Equinix is also committing to partnering with top suppliers by engaging with those responsible for 66 per cent of Equinix’s Purchased Goods and Services and Capital Goods supplier-related emissions, to set their own science-based targets by 2025.

“The company will also address fuel- and energy-related activities (FERA) with the aim to reduce the carbon associated with the delivery of power to its sites by 50 per cent by 2030.”

“Digital infrastructure is the backbone of today’s economy and allows people to work and connect from anywhere and everywhere. We share the urgency of governments, the industry, and our customers that innovation and action are essential to ensure data centres are more sustainable and reduce carbon emissions quickly to address the impacts of global climate change,” said Raouf Abdel, EVP Global Operations, Equinix.

“Our recent Global Tech Trends survey illustrated this with an increase in demand for greater transparency in IT infrastructure. We have seen this with the over 100% increase in requests for our Green Power Reports (GPRs), which empower customers to track progress against their own sustainability goals and reporting efforts.”

Guy Danskine, Managing Director, Equinix Australia said: “It’s upon all of us in the technology sector to take action on climate change to protect our planet for future generations.

“Data centres, which continue to grow to serve the needs of Australian enterprises, network service providers, hyperscalers and other cloud-based services in today’s digital economy, need to become more sustainable and contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions.

Our announcement today is an important step for Equinix to play its part and push towards climate-neutral services.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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