Following on from the DE&I Forum with Schneider Electric’s Marc Garner, Sophia Flucker of MiCiM Ltd and Marientina Laina of NTT, Pip Squire took to the floor at Data Centre LIVE to talk about the route to net zero and how the industry can revolutionise its practices to further aid the aim of hitting net zero targets by 2050.
As part of Data Centre Magazine’s inaugural and fully virtual event, attendees tuned in across the world and fielded their questions to the esteemed industry leader, displaying a sector-wide desire to contribute toward a greener future.
Energy & Innovation with Ark Data Centres
Ark Data Centres’ Head of Energy & Sustainability, Pip Squire boasts more than 40 years of industry experience in infrastructure construction.
“Sustainability has been the core of our business from the beginning,” Squire said in his opening remarks, highlighting how since Ark’s inception in 2005, the company has forged a path toward a greener future in an industry historically notoriously inefficient.
He framed how the data centre industry steered away from energy-guzzling facilities to efficient powerhouses, and that the sector has long been committed to ensuring sustainability and efficiency — acknowledging that, although many older facilities were designed and constructed without sustainability in mind, the future is laser-focused on carbon neutrality goals.
An advocate for sustainable data practices, Squire plays a leading part in Ark’s operations moving towards its net zero goals and reducing its energy consumption as it works toward this point.
He recognises that emissions reduction is a long-standing project for data centres, and not an easy one at that: “If you can't measure it, you can't monitor it. If you can't monitor it, you can't manage it. If you can't manage it, you can't improve it. And ultimately, if you can't manage it, you can't prove what you're doing,” he detailed in his keynote, stressing the importance of a robust measuring system to identify key issues of improvement in their business when it comes to the likes of sustainability."
"The biggest lesson learned is that Delta T, including a data where you're using air, is absolutely vitally important. It’s all down to the physics."
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