News

14th October 2020

Datum’s energy contract with Hartree Solutions adds carbon offsetting to our green credentials

We have always been proud of our green credentials and have been committed to offering the very best in environmental efficiency since we designed and built our facility in 2012. We have used renewable energy for many years and our facility’s state of the art adiabatic cooling maximises energy efficiency; this has allowed us to consistently achieve our design PUE of 1.25. Furthermore, our green credentials are supported by our accreditations including ISO 14001:2015 for Environmental Management and ISO 50001 for Energy Management. So, when it came to selecting a new energy contract, we wanted to partner with a power supplier that would reflect our environmental commitment, and this is what we found in Hartree Solutions, a pioneering provider of low carbon energy solutions, with whom we have agreed a two-year sustainable power agreement.

In addition to supplying us with energy from renewable sources (Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) have been procured to cover the full supply), we are thrilled that this new agreement includes full carbon offsetting using forestry products from the Southern Cardamom REDD+ project. The Cardamom Rainforest Landscape is one of the last unfragmented rainforests remaining in Southeast Asia and is a critical part of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot. Using global best practices for forest protection and community development, the project prevents more than 3,000,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year and protects over 400,000 hectares of tropical rainforest in South-West Cambodia. 

Digitisation and the growing demand for datacentres

The datacentre services market is growing fast - Mordor Intelligence predicts a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.69% between 2020-2025 as increasing numbers of businesses choose to locate their business-critical IT in datacentre facilities. 

This increase in demand for datacentre services is driven largely by the growing usage of cloud platforms and data intensive applications, and the demand for software as a service (SaaS) solutions, which has surged during the coronavirus pandemic to support an increasingly distributed workforce. And, as any business that has manged its own in-house data facility will know, power consumption contributes significantly to the burden of costs; this is often cited as a reason to relocate IT estate and workloads to datacentres that have the infrastructure in place to optimise power consumption more effectively than individual in-house facilities. 

So far, so good. However, datacentres are estimated to account for 1% of worldwide energy usage so they are increasingly under pressure to take action to reduce their environmental impact. This led us to investigate the most sustainable energy solutions in line with our commitment to being a ‘green’ datacentre facility. 

Following advice from the Beond Group, an energy markets consultancy, and based on their environment-focused automated tendering and energy supplier bidding process  (‘Zero Carbon Market’), we identified Hartree Solutions, with its renewable energy and carbon offsetting options as the ideal partner for us. This means we can continue offering the very best colocation service to our clients whilst knowing that we are doing everything we can to reduce our carbon footprint.

To see our environmentally efficient datacentre in action, why not book a tour of our facility, or get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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