crisis agenda is placing all businesses under pressure to prove their
sustainability credentials for every activity.
looking for climate impact reports and policies before lending. Investors are
seeking viable data to measure the value of ESG actions, with a particular
focus on verifiable strategies that tackle climate change and cut carbon
The amount of information being sought will be huge. It will span everything from financial reporting to providing valid data on how each and every operation sources energy and uses electricity.
For example, the International Financial Reporting
Standards Foundation has set up an International Sustainability Standards Board
to develop global sustainability reporting standards. Blackrock, the world’s
largest asset manager says on its homepage: “Our investment conviction is that
climate risk is investment risk, and that integrating climate and
sustainability considerations into investment processes can help investors
build more resilient portfolios and achieve better long-term, risk-adjusted
returns. We believe that society is on the cusp of a transformational change
are being warned to step up. Large companies are hiring or promoting
individuals to the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. It’s a big job.
Writing in Forbes
recently, Oracle’s CSO pointed to technology innovations as holding some of the
answers to achieving net zero. Whether it’s through more efficient light bulbs,
using AI tracking and reduce power use across vast built environments or developing
tools that help firms comply with climate regs, technology is vital.
centres don’t stand alone
For business people outside the data centre industry, all they know is their data lives in the cloud and they want that cloud to be carbon neutral.
that none of their data, including the sustainability data that will be used to
inform decision making, is stored in carbon spewing, energy wasting data centres.
For users and customers, the information (data) on where, how, and how much power is consumed inside the data centre is suddenly becoming important
inside the data centre business, as we begin the journey to become carbon net
zero, this presents big challenges.
currently just another business sector reacting to price and supply volatility
in the energy markets and looking for solutions. Yet in the short to medium
term, the data centre sector may fast become an integrated part of the energy
Some data centre operators are reacting quickly to the carbon issue and citing grid integration as a USP. Today, firms like Lancium.com are providing valuable data on grid power system integration. Lancium says it is building data centres in Texas that will act as ‘controllable load resources,’ where ‘the net effect on the electrical system is carbon negative.’
Can technology make data centres adaptable to net zero aims?
to start? Delivering power to the workload for secure uptime remains the critical
role of a data centre. Ordinarily, the infrastructure used to ensure the design
purpose is met is fixed, inflexible and wasteful. Adaptability, while clearly
and increasingly desirable, has been elusive to date.
Redundant Power (ARP), an innovative power design technology that enables
existing data centre power topologies to overcome the challenges associated
with fixed systems and deliver flexibility that addresses waste and stranded
capacity while ensuring the availability of critical services.
of new data centres basing power designs on ARP, the technology helps bake in
energy efficiency by bringing flexibility to power topologies. This creates
responsive power chains that direct power to ensure IT workloads operate at
maximum energy efficiency. With measurable results.
centres will be sustainable. Data centre developers seeking investment (and
permission) to build the vast campuses to run the 21st century
digital economy will need to demonstrate policies that address climate change.
Whatever we build in the future or change in existing data centres is going to be measured against sustainability credentials. The climate crisis demands long term solutions and as we plan for 2030 only those that stand up to scrutiny will be accepted.
Written by Ed Ansett, i3 Solutions.