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Vantage Data Centers vows to turn hyperscale campuses green by 2030

Portfolio includes 14 campuses with a combined 1GW of power and seven million square feet across 12 markets in two continents.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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August 03, 2021 | 12:00 AM BST

Vantage Data Centers vows to turn hyperscale campuses green by 2030

Vantage's future 7-acre data centre campus in Zurich, Switzerland. Source: Vantage Data Centers

Joining a growing number of operators, Vantage Data Centers said it will achieve net-zero carbon emissions globally by 2030.

The DigitalBridge-backed (NYSE: DBRG) company said its goal “specifically targets reductions for emissions that the company directly controls, Scope 1 and 2 emissions, as well as reductions that it can guide or influence throughout its supply chain”.

Vantage is creating interim reduction targets that are in alignment with the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi) methodology, which defines and promotes emissions reduction in line with climate science.



The business shared four pillars on which it believe will reach its net zero goal, including:

Emissions Reduction: Vantage is investing in technologies that target reductions in emissions, starting with a focus on energy efficiency and emissions reductions from on-site generators. In addition, the company will develop processes and partnerships to reduce Scope 3 emissions outside of its control, such as emissions associated with customer IT and cooling loads.

Renewable Energy: Recently, the company announced that it now offers renewable energy options to customers across all campuses globally. In addition, Vantage actively works with energy providers, customers and industry groups, like the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA), to advocate for and invest in additional renewable energy sources globally.

Supply Chain: Vantage is working closely with its vendors and suppliers to decarbonise its supply chain.

Carbon Offsets: Only in areas where emissions are unavoidable, Vantage will purchase offsets. The offsets purchased will provide funding for carbon removal projects and investments in communities where the company operates its data centres.

Justin Thomas, chief technology officer, Vantage Data Centers, said: “As major consumers of power and land, data centre operators have an undeniable responsibility to aggressively reduce emissions and lessen environmental impacts wherever possible. This is why we have set our target at net zero rather than carbon neutral.

“Our goal is to be a sustainability leader, and we are setting interim reduction goals that touch every part of our business.”

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