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Vantage Data Centers, a major global supplier of hyperscale data center campuses, has announced that by 2030, the business would be carbon-neutral globally. This is an important step forward in the company’s long-term efforts to improve efficiency and decrease environmental impacts at its hyperscale data center sites across the world.
With its goal to net zero carbon emissions, Vantage Data Centers will not only seek to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also invest in technology and initiatives that extract carbon from the environment.
Vantage’s objective is to reduce emissions that it directly controls, such as Scope 1 and 2 pollutants, as well as emissions that it can steer or influence across its supply chain. Vantage Data Centers is developing interim reduction objectives that follow the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) methodology, which establishes and supports emissions reductions based on scientific evidence
“As major consumers of power and land, data center operators have an undeniable responsibility to aggressively reduce emissions and lessen environmental impacts wherever possible. This is why we’ve set our target at net zero rather than carbon neutral,” said Justin Thomas, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Vantage Data Centers. “Our goal is to be a sustainability leader, and we are setting interim reduction goals that touch every part of our business.”
Vantage Data Centers will continue to place a high priority on partnerships and projects that improve the environment and communities in which it works. Vantage expects its net-zero target to be achieved by concentrating on four key areas:
- Emissions Reduction – Vantage is investing in technologies that aim to reduce emissions, with an emphasis on energy efficiency and on-site generator emissions reductions. Furthermore, the firm will create methods and collaborations to minimize Scope 3 emissions that are outside its control, including as emissions from client IT and cooling loads.
- Renewable Energy – Vantage has already adopted a proactive approach to data center campus architecture, boasting “industry-leading” Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). The firm just revealed that it now provides renewable energy choices to consumers on all of its data center campuses across the world. Vantage also collaborates with energy suppliers, clients, and industry associations, such as the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), to promote and invest in more renewable energy sources throughout the world.
- Supply Chain – Vantage is decarbonizing its supply chain in collaboration with its partners and suppliers.
- Carbon Offsets – Vantage will only buy offsets in places where emissions are unavoidable. The offsets will be used to finance carbon-reduction programs and investments in the areas where the company’s data centers are located.
“Vantage is taking a forward-looking approach to decarbonization by investing in the team, technology and processes needed to actively reduce our carbon footprint across the design, construction and operation of our data center campuses,” said Amanda Sutton, senior director of sustainability at Vantage Data Centers. “Our comprehensive strategy includes everything from the use of renewable energy to water conservation, waste reduction and recycling. We are making a strong commitment to sustainability while also rapidly expanding globally to support our customers’ technological innovations today and into the future.”