Five data centre companies with ambitious net zero pledges

It is now more important than ever for data centres to ensure they are operating more sustainably, with some companies pledging to achieve net zero goals

With companies releasing sustainability reports, or environmental strategies, it is clear that there has been a global shift in considering how organisations can reduce their emissions moving forward.

Whilst this is nothing new, the conversation in the data centre sector has started to increase rapidly as companies discover new solutions to process data in a more secure and sustainable way, whilst limiting their impact on the environment.

Data Centre Magazine considers some of the leading data centres worldwide who have a strong commitment to ensuring that they achieve net zero in the near future.

Asanti Data Centres to eradicate 2,856 tonnes of CO2 every year

In late September 2023, Asanti Data Centres signed an energy supply deal with Bryt Energy, with the goal of reducing carbon emissions across its UK operations to zero.  

The deal means that Asanti will be able to reduce its global carbon footprint significantly and reduce carbon emissions related to its 14mKW of energy use.

Both companies have signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a 100% renewable electricity contract, meaning that Asanti’s data centres will be powered by solar, wind and hydro energy. This will be supplied by Bryt Energy, with business solutions designed to continue managing energy procurement.

Colt DCS investments geared towards sustainability

Colt previously committed to achieving global net zero emissions by 2030, which included adopting 75% renewable electricity for all sites globally by 2023 and a 100% switch to renewable gas by 2030.

It has since revised its pledges, with a vision of becoming the most trusted and customer-centric data centre operator in the industry. It aims to do this while simultaneously building towards a sustainable hyperscale data centre future. 

Since 2019, the company has reduced its emissions across all scopes by 30% and already procured 100% renewable energy across all of its European data centres sites.

Recently, the company has expanded into the Indian market following the announcement of its new facility in Navi Mumbai. It is the first time that Colt has invested in the region and states that it is using a large proportion of sustainable energy to power the centre.

Ark Data Centres working to make Europe climate neutral

Ark Data Centres is an advocate for sustainable data centres practices, with Head of Energy & Sustainability Pip Squire playing a leading role in the company moving towards its net zero goals. The company is currently doing this by reducing its energy consumption, with Squire telling Data Centre Magazine: “sustainability has been the core of our business from the beginning.”

The company is also proud to be a part of the climate neutral data centre pact (CNDCP), which is a group of data centre operators committed to the European Green Deal. Those within the group are aiming to achieve ambitious greenhouse gas reductions by leveraging technology and digitalisation - all with the goal of making Europe climate neutral by 2050.

atNorth: Sustainability at its core

Being one of the fastest growing colocation data centres, HPC and cloud providers in the Nordics, atNorth has built services around sustainability and a respectful use of resources from the start. The company works to be sustainable with cost efficiency, as well as contributing to both local and global economies.

The company continues to strive to develop and deliver a high-performance decarbonising platform for organisations who want to lower their carbon footprint. With this in mind, atNorth developed a sustainability policy that involves working to minimise waste, optimising energy use and for organisations to consider the environment at the same time.

Schneider Electric: helping data centre operators with sustainability decisions

Committed to net zero research and sustainable development, Schneider Electric is working hard to ensure that data centres are built in ways that are climate positive. The company offers solutions and services to build new sustainable data centres or upgrade retrofit, and right-size on-premise, hybrid architectures of centralised, regional and local edge.

Part of its pledge to ensure data centre sustainability is via its 300-2200kW Uniflair Chillers in 2022, which worked to introduce major improvements to high efficiency and reliable cooling for data centre applications.

The company has now released a revised version of its environmental metrics-reporting framework that was first published in 2021. It includes business critical updates to help businesses, including data centres, navigate any sustainability challenges and reduce emissions.

The company highlights how the Beginning stage has six metrics that represent basic reporting for energy, water use and greenhouse gas emissions, which are the core metrics required for every data centre.

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