Google data centres hit green energy goals 4 years in a row
Google has reached its green energy goals for its data centres for the fourth consecutive year, matching 100 per cent of its global electricity use.
The U.S. tech giant achieved the milestone for its data centres based in Finland, Denmark, Iowa, Oklahoma, Oregon, which are operating on 90 per cent carbon-free energy.
Pichai mentioned in the same post that the company is “shifting data centre backup generation to batteries”, as well as “advancing time-based clean energy tracking and allowing Google Cloud customers to select the lowest carbon regions.”
In 2013, the company bought more renewable energy in line with its sustainable strategy, having purchased 35 per cent of its energy by the end of the year.
This number rose to 61 per cent in 2016, and by 2017, Google hit its 100 per cent renewable energy goal which it then maintained up until 2021.
Looking to the future, the company has also set two other targets including eliminating Scope 2 emissions and becoming completely carbon-free so that it can achieve its zero emission goal.
With it being Earth Day, let’s take a look at some of the renewable projects Google has started since 2020.
- Solar panels distributed across hundreds of public housing rooftops, providing clean energy in Singapore.
- First offshore wind project in the North sea to support the company’s Belgium data centre.
- Wind and solar projects to support Google data centres in and around states such as Oklohoma, Alabama, and Virginia.
According to the company, Google buys more than 50 renewable energy projects, totalling almost 5.5 gigawatts.
This is the same as the amount of power produced by around one million solar rooftops.
To enable it to achieve its carbon-free and zero-emission goals, Google is using carbon-technologies including large-scale battery storage and green hydrogen.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.