Kao Data has announced it will operate using 100% renewable energy and
be cost neutral to its customers.
When the campus is operating at full load (43.5MVA), this will
effectively reduce CO2 emissions by +80,000 tons per annum – that’s the
equivalent of removing +30,000 vehicles from the road.
By today’s standards,
many legacy data centres and colocation providers are unable to provide the
same level of technological advancement, scalability and low cost of operations
as those built on innovative hyperscale principles.
Kao’s commitment to
innovation and continuous improvement, providing renewable energy at a
zero-price premium, ensures that customers are not compromised in their
requirements for multi-tariff energy options.
Paul Finch, COO, Kao
Data, says, “Although the industry can evidence tremendous improvements in
operational efficiency over the last decade, data centres will continue to be
an increasing consumer of power driven by consumer demand.
“The EU Commission
recently concluded by 2030 annual energy consumption relating to servers and
infrastructure is forecast to rise to 75TWh. It is Kao Data’s belief that we
need to work closely with our supply-chain to ensure renewable energy remains
fully accessible, promoting sustainability and strong industry stewardship.”
The data centre market
is irrevocably linked to the utility industry. There are very few people in the
developed world that are not dependent on the data streaming through these
buildings or on the energy coursing through the power lines linking our homes,
work and communities together.
As such data centres are
increasingly becoming more sustainably developed and powered, something that is
fundamental to Kao Data’s corporate social responsibility ethos.
Kao Data’s campus is engineered
to be highly efficient, utilising 100% ‘free-cooling’ to reduce the complexity
of both the mechanical and electrical systems. This results in an ultra-low PUE
even at very low customer IT utilisation.
Achieving 100% renewable
energy use is a long-standing commitment and demonstrates the
effectiveness of Kao Data’s business processes and responsibility to
improve operational performance, provide increased assurance and reduce the
environmental impact of the business.