CyrusOne, a leading global data centre developer and operator, has become the first to inform the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact (‘CNDCP’ or ‘Pact’) board that all its fully operational data centres in Europe have been independently audited to comply with the Pact’s terms. CyrusOne – a founding signatory of the CNDCP – worked with Bureau Veritas, the independent auditors, to assess all facilities operating and can demonstrate that they are on target to meet the goals of the Pact and be climate neutral by 2030.
The Pact’s goal is to provide robust self-regulation that is effective in delivering positive environmental measures through stringent targets for environmental performance and sustainability goals in five key areas. These cover energy efficiency, use of green power, water use, recycling and reuse of waste heat. Collectively meeting these targets will ensure data centres are climate neutral by 2030. All signatories must provide an audit of their systems and processes for achieving these targets using 12 months of data from when they joined the Pact. For the first signatories, the deadline to provide this is July 1, 2023. In auditing all its facilities and receiving third-party certification from Bureau Veritas, CyrusOne is the first to complete this essential task, well ahead of the formal deadline.
Many other signatories are well underway with their own audits. Smaller companies who have qualified as SME signatories can complete a self-certified audit but must still have this ratified by their national associations. Overall, the Pact expects over 50 data centre operators with facilities in Europe to complete the certification by the July deadline. The remaining signatories will be due to complete their audits once they have collected live data for 12 months from their date of signature.
“This is a great achievement and we congratulate CyrusOne for its speedy yet diligent audit of its facilities,” said Dr Béla Waldhauser, Board Member of the CNDCP. “This is a significant milestone for them and for the Pact as it demonstrates that we deliver what we promise with independent certification of real progress towards climate neutrality.”
Matt Pullen, EVP and Managing Director Europe, CyrusOne, added: “At CyrusOne, we have long recognised that transparency is central to achieving our sustainability goals. The independent verification of these efforts creates a powerful benchmark for the business and the industry. This will continue to be an ongoing focus as we strive to be the gold standard in demonstrating verifiable environmental credentials and inspire others in our industry and beyond.”Click below to share this article