We have always been committed to maximising energy efficiency at our data centres to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. All new developments (including MCR2 and FRN2 – two brand new data centres that will be completed by 2024/2025) will meet our existing sustainability standards:
- 100% renewable energy and full carbon offset
- HVO used in backup generators
- Minimising water consumption/use of polluting liquids
- Carbon Impact Assessment to analyse the carbon embodied in site construction
- Solar PV panels in new developments
- Energy efficient cooling – high efficiency free cooling chillers
- Heat re-use capabilities to facilitate a district heat network to a nearby housing estate
- Battery storage – which enables the facility to store electricity from the national grid at times of low demand, acting as a reserve during peak tariff times and reducing the facility’s carbon footprint
Our backer (UBS Asset Management) has a well-established and published net zero roadmap and is a signatory of the Net Zero Asset Managers Alliance (NZAOA). Our data centres (current and future) could only become part of their portfolio because they comply with their stringent sustainability requirements.
We also take part in the GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) assessment process and have received a rating of four stars. GRESB is a standardised framework for evaluating and comparing the sustainability efforts of different entities.