Commercial, GHG Emissions - September 30, 2020
CyrusOne commits to carbon neutral data centers by 2040
CyrusOne announced Sept. 23 that they intend to become carbon neutral by 2040 across their global data center portfolio.
The real estate investment trust, which invests in the construction of data centers around the world, plans to focus on achieving this goal through the use of renewable energy to power data centers, designing energy-efficient new buildings and upgrading existing facilities. The company has been evaluating upgrades and technologies that could reduce carbon intensity and add renewable power to the grid, while remaining cost-effective.
The company plans to publish their first sustainability report in October. These moves toward more sustainable business operations, including the integration of sustainable design components at their facilities, follow CyrusOne’s announcement last year that their London I, London II and London III data centers were running on 100% renewable energy. The company has also implemented systems like efficient building management systems, economizers and high-efficiency chillers.
“Making a pledge to become carbon neutral within the next 20 years is an important milestone in our mission to increase our global sustainability efforts, and help customers toward their sustainability goals,” Bruce W. Duncan, President and CEO of CyrusOne, said in a statement. “We recognize sustainability as a company-wide priority and are working to reduce our environmental footprint."