Jan 25, 2021

Schneider Electric ranks first for corporate sustainability

Sustainability
DCIM
Power
cooling
Harry Menear
2 min
The German power and energy management solutions company has ranked first in the world for sustainable practice on Corporate Knights’ global 100 list
The German power and energy management solutions company has ranked first in the world for sustainable practice on Corporate Knights’ global 100 list...

Schneider Electric, the german power and energy management firm, has been recognised by canadian research company Corporate Knights as the leading organisation on its annual corporate sustainability index.

This is Schneider’s first year at number one on the Corporate Knights Global 100 most sustainable corporations list, jumping up from its position at number 29 last year. 

According to a press release from Schneider Electric, the ranking represents “an important external recognition of Schneider Electric's early and sustained commitment to ESG issues.” 

The company offers a range of data centre infrastructure management and power solutions for the colocation industry, as well as a host of cooling and environment control equipment, consulting services and products designed for edge facilities. 

Schneider Electric is kicking off 2021 with the launch of the next stage of the company’s Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSI) program. Between this year and 2025, the program will see Schneider Electric dramatically increase its existing sustainability targets, which are in line with the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals.

Between 2018 and 2020, the previous stage of the Schneider Sustainability Impact program delivered several key achievements in support of five ESG “megatrends” prioritised by the company: Climate, Circular Economy, Health & Equity, Ethics, and Development. 

Some of the achievements made in response to these trends included reaching an 80% renewable energy mix across the company’s portfolio, a 120,000 metric ton reduction in landfill waste, and 400,000 under-priviledged people around the world receiving training in energy management. 

In the run up to 2025, Schneider claims it has set 11 concrete sustainability targets to further underpin its commitments. 

"The core of our strategy is to build a sustainable business and company. Customers, employees, partners and investors have never been more focused on ESG considerations than they are now. Schneider has long embraced those issues, and we keep raising the bar for ourselves, and for our customers and partners," says Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Schneider Electric's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. 

"When we introduced our first sustainability barometer in 2005, we were an early adopter of ESG matters. But ESG commitments cannot just be a one-off, and we have reinforced ours every three years. All of us – companies, governments, individuals – can contribute to make the world greener and more inclusive. Our new commitments define the next steps of our contribution."

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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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