Jan 28, 2021

EYP and i3 collaborate on road to net zero

Data Centres
Sustainability
Renewable Energy
Power
Harry Menear
2 min
EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions are teaming up to release a new roadmap for data centre operators to hit net zero emissions by 2030
EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions are teaming up to release a new roadmap for data centre operators to hit net zero emissions by 2030...

The recent announcement of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact by 25 leading data centre and cloud operators and 17 associations looks like it’s poised to usher in an era of sweeping sustainability reform throughout the industry.

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement, engineering consultancy EYP Mission Critical Facilities and i3 Solutions have launched a collaborative project aimed at creating a roadmap for data centre operators looking to draw down their greenhouse gas emissions in order to reach net carbon zero by 2030. 

“As a major consumer of electricity and therefore a contributor to global emissions, the data centre sector faces the prospect of regulation to reduce its impact on the planet,” said Rick Einhorn, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Partner at EYP. “I’m pleased to announce this initiative by EYP and i3 Solutions Group which brings together a respected team of data centre MEP design engineers and operational consultants to offer thought leadership in data centre emissions and carbon reduction, efficiency and sustainability.”

The new partnership will turn its expert teams towards the goals of creating a practical roadmap towards greenhouse gas reduction and the establishment of climate neutral data centres by 2030. 

The roadmap will reportedly focus on increasing the efficiency of new and existing facilities, as well as shifting focus towards natural gas and hydrogen power sources, as well as pushing for lower emissions trading opportunities for large data centres; the ongoing purchase of carbon credits that allow companies to report lower emissions in exchange for investment in green energy initiatives has been widely criticised in recent years, as operators claiming to be “carbon neutral” are just pushing the problem down the road with a small slice of their profits. 

Ed Ansett, Founder and Chairman of i3 Solutions Group said in a company press release that, “While the future of data centre sustainability undoubtedly has a 100% renewable face, we are a long way from that end point. However, there are opportunities for large data centre operators in hyperscale, wholesale, colocation and other sectors to engage in greenhouse gas abatement. This requires a paradigm shift, but the good news is, we can evolve from a greenhouse gas intensive, inefficient infrastructure to a reduced or even net-zero greenhouse gas asset with new revenue generating opportunities. For that to happen requires the inspiration of specialist data centre design and strategy.”

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May 10, 2021

DEWA, Huawei to build Dubai’s largest green data centre

MEA
construction
Sustainability
SolarPower
Harry Menear
2 min
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city.
The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority is partnering with Huawei to build a hyperscale data centre powered by 100% renewable energy in the city...

Moro Hub, a subsidiary of the digital arm of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), signed an agreement with Chinese tech giant Huawei over the weekend to build a new hyperscale data centre in the city. Taking advantage of an abundance of solar power available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the new facility will be 100% powered by renewable electricity generated by photovoltaic infrastructure located within the Emirates. 

With the potential to reach a capacity of 100 MW upon full buildout, the facility is set to become the largest solar-powered, Uptime Institute Tier III-certified green data centre in the Middle East and Africa. 

The project is part of the Dubai 10x initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and will support the Emirate’s goal of developing into “a city of the future, putting it 10 years ahead of other global cities,” according to Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of the DEWA.  

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The signing event, attended by HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, and Mr Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, and signed by Marwan Bin Haidar, Vice Chairman and Group CEO Digital DEWA and Mr Jerry Liu, CEO of Huawei UAE - Courtesy of DEWA

Al Tayer added that the project, “meets our ambition to deliver sustainable digital transformation and anticipate and shape the future,” and “supports the UAE Centennial 2071 to make the UAE the world's leading nation and the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 2030.” 

The facility will, according to Al Tayer, also support Dubai’s efforts to reduce its carbon emissions by 16% before the end of the year, as well as its goal of meeting 75% of the city’s power demands with clean energy by 2050, and “significantly aids DEWA’s progress towards sustainable development.” 

Moro Hub already operates one green data centre in the Emirate, which came online in October of 2020. The facility was the first Tier-III green data centre to come online in the Middle East. 

Charles Yang, President of Huawei Middle East, was also present at the signing ceremony held on Saturday. He commented that the new association between Huawei and the DEWA, “allows us to strengthen our partnership with Moro Hub and take part in fortifying the UAE's sustainable development goals.” 

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