Verne Global has unveiled a range of sustainability metrics and targets that will provide its customers with complete transparency of the environmental impact of its data centre operations.
During 2021, greenhouse gas emissions at the company’s Icelandic data centre campus were:
Scope 1: 37 tCO2e
Scope 2: 461 tCO2e
Scope 3: 76 tCO2e
Total: 574 tCO2e
This is equivalent to the carbon footprint of approximately 70 homes’ energy for one year. In comparison, during the same period, Verne Global powered data centre infrastructure and computed the equivalent of more than 10,000 homes’ electricity.
Verne Global will continue to report on its total emissions on an annual basis, including on its Scope 3 emissions, which are the result of activities outside of its own control and management, for example, travel to and from its campus in Iceland. Scope 3 emissions are rarely reported on by the data centre industry. The company is calling on all operators to follow suit and provide customers with a better understanding of the environmental impact of its operations.
Verne Global has also disclosed tough targets not just for Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) but also for Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) and Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE). All future development will meet or exceed these targets.
Verne Global sustainability targets
WUE: 0.002 m3/kWh
“We’re releasing this information not just because our numbers are favourable in comparison to other data centres, but because it’s time that the industry came clean about its impact on the environment,” says Dominic Ward, CEO, Verne Global. “While it’s certainly true that the whole industry has made massive progress over recent years, operators are ignoring many of the metrics that matter, while some rely on power purchase agreements that allow them to say they’re green even when they’re drawing power from dirty grids. More transparency will benefit the industry, its customers and the planet.”
To offset its total emissions, Verne Global has entered into an agreement with Votlendis Sjóður, the Icelandic wetland restoration fund that is rewilding huge areas of Iceland.