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CyrusOne outlines data centre sustainability efforts in new report

15 October 2020 | Abigail Opiah

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Data centre REIT CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) published its 2020 Sustainability Report, highlighting the progress the company has made toward its sustainability goals in regards to its data centre buildings.

The annual report also focuses on CyrusOne’s responsibilities to the community and its stakeholders, highlighting how the company is fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace and appropriately aligning incentives.

The company recently announced a pledge to become carbon neutral by 2040 through the reduction of carbon emissions across the company’s global data centre portfolio.

The CyrusOne 2020 Sustainability Report provides disclosure compatible with three third-party standards, adhering to The Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) recommendations.

“As one of the largest colocation data centre companies in the world, we have a responsibility to reduce the environmental impact that our facilities create and provide solutions compatible with a sustainable future,” said Bruce W. Duncan (pictured), president, and CEO at CyrusOne.

“Our goal at CyrusOne is to empower our customers with creative solutions that help them scale new technology solutions while reducing our collective environmental footprint.”

The CyrusOne 2020 Sustainability Report shares sustainability progress and initiatives, encompassing energy and carbon, water, habitat, social responsibility, and corporate governance.

The Council Bluffs I data centre incorporates CyrusOne’s standardised build with many energy-efficient features. Upon completion, the site will achieve low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), without depleting local water supplies.

CyrusOne’s largest colocation data centre campus in Chandler, Arizona, is located in an extremely high water-stressed area. The company restored 40% more water than the facility used in 2019, creating a net addition of water to the community.

The company’s Dublin location incorporates a landscape design focused on creating areas of grassland, wildflower meadows, and pollinator-friendly wetlands with an emphasis on native plant species.

“With our initial Sustainability Report, we focused on transparency, taking a comprehensive view in evaluating our environmental footprint,” said Kyle Myers, director of environmental health, safety, and sustainability, at CyrusOne.

“Traditionally, the industry focus is on PUE, without taking the massive water usage needed to offset this number into consideration, which is why we place a high emphasis on all types of natural resources to evaluate a comprehensive global impact.”