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4 February 2021 by Equinix

Equinix joins European cloud and data center providers to make historic pledge towards climate neutrality by 2030

Equinix announced it will join European cloud infrastructure and data center providers and European trade associations, to form the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative.

The Pact marks the first time the industry has come together to solidify its commitment to ensure that European data centers are carbon neutral by 2030. The industry is seeking to play a leading role in transitioning Europe to a climate neutral economy, in support of the European Data Strategy and the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050.

The Pact also establishes a Self-Regulatory Initiative for the industry, which will set goals to facilitate the transition to a greener economy in Europe. Equinix, and other operator signatories, commit to the measurable and ambitious targets set for 2025 and 2030, which include:

• Improving the efficiency of energy use
• Purchasing 100% carbon-free energy
• Water conservation through the selection of efficient and appropriate cooling solutions
• Recycling of servers, electrical equipment and other related electrical components
• Reusing data center heat where practical, environmentally sound and cost effective

The European Commission will monitor progress on achieving the goals outlined by the Initiative twice a year.

According to Vladislav Iankov, Sales Director, Bulgaria, Equinix: “Equinix has been committed to a 100 percent clean and renewable energy for its entire global footprint since 2015 so signing the Climate Neutral Data Centre Operator Pact and Self-Regulatory Initiative was the next logical step. On a local scale the Bulgarian team is also upholding this commitment. Our second IBX data center SO2 uses 100 percent green energy, a practice that Equinix’s original data center in Sofia—SO1—has leveraged since 2016.”

Learn more about this here: https://www.acta-verba.com/news/equinix-joins-european-cloud-and-data-center-providers-to-make-historic-pledge-towards-climate-neutrality-by-2030/