CyrusOne pledges to be carbon neutral by 2040
CyrusOne, headquartered in Dalla, Texas, is a real estate investment trust who invest heavily in carrier-neutral data centres and provide colocation facilities and services.
The company has recently pledged, and by doing so has joined a growing list of data centre companies, to become carbon neutral by 2040. It comes at a time when many other companies and industries are pledging to make a difference before it's too late.
In order to meet their goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040, CyrusOne is focusing on using renewable energy and upgrading existing facilities as well as building new energy-efficient ones.
Bruce W. Duncan, CEO and president of CyrusOne, stated that “Making a pledge to become carbon neutral within the next 20 years is an important milestone in our mission to increase our global sustainability efforts, and help customers toward their sustainability goals. We recognize sustainability as a company-wide priority and are working to reduce our environmental footprint.”
This is not the first announcement or initiative from the company that has seen them focus on sustainability. Last year they announced that their London I, London II and London III facilities would all be run on 100 percent renewable energy. The company is also currently researching how they can use the waste heat from their Amsterdam facility to heat the local housing.
A Sustainability Report is planned to be published next month indicating all the other initiatives the company is deploying in order to achieve their carbon neutrality.
This week has been known as ‘Climate Week’ and has seen many other companies follow in the footsteps of CyrusOne and the other organizations promising to be more mindful of the environment by using sustainable power resources and striving to become carbon neutral. Other prominent companies pledging to become carbon neutral and reduce their emissions include Apple, Google, Walmart, Microsoft, Aligned and Morgan Stanley to name a few.
Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres
The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.
Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them.
This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.
The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator.
Portacool: keeping it Kuul
Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990.
Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions.
Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.”
The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.
Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions.