Twenty-five European cloud and colocation providers have formed a pact centered on accelerating the data center industry’s progress in becoming a climate-neutral market by 2030.
The providers have joined forces with 17 trade associations – including TechUK – to form the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, showing its commitment to supporting the broader effort to cut carbon emissions across Europe.
This goal is a core aim of the European Green Deal, which is geared towards establishing Europe as the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050, and also taps into the European Data Strategy’s goal of ensuring all data centers within the European Union are climate neutral by 2030.
In short, this means the providers have committed to taking steps, such as cutting their carbon emissions to a minimum, to ensure their operations will not contribute to the onset of climate change.
Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Equinix, CyrusOne, OVHCloud, and Digital Realty are among the 25 cloud and datacentre providers who have pledged their support for the pact so far.
The pact itself consists of a Self-Regulatory Initiative, which has been co-developed with the European Commission and will see participants commit to making a series of changes to how their facilities operate geared towards making them more environmentally friendly.
As such, participants will be set measurable targets for attainment in 2025 and 2030 focused on improving the energy efficiency of their data centers and reducing the amount of water used to keep them cool.
Operators will also be set targets to encourage them to purchase and run their facilities using 100% carbon-free energy, recycle the waste heat generated by their operations and prioritize the repair and reuses of the servers inside their facilities.