Vantage Data Centres sets global carbon target

02 August 2021 | Antony Savvas

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Vantage Data Centers says the company will achieve net zero carbon emissions globally by 2030.

The company says it will not only actively work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but will also invest in technologies and projects that remove carbon from the atmosphere.

Vantage’s 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, it adds.

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.

“As major consumers of power and land, data centre operators have an undeniable responsibility to aggressively reduce emissions and lessen environmental impacts wherever possible,” said Justin Thomas, chief technology officer at Vantage Data Centers.

“This is why we’ve 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,” said Thomas.

Vantage says it will meet its targets through emissions reduction, renewable energy, working with its supply chain and carbon offsets.

“Vantage is taking a forward-looking approach to decarbonisation by investing in the team, technology and processes needed to actively reduce our carbon footprint across the design, construction and operation of our data centre campuses,” said Amanda Sutton, senior director of sustainability at Vantage Data Centers.

“Our comprehensive strategy includes everything from the use of renewable energy to water conservation, waste reduction and recycling,” she said.

The company operates across six markets in North America and six markets in Europe.