|Equinix Continues to Progress on Green Data Center Initiatives|
Global data center and interconnection company receives favorable marks on Transparency and Energy Efficiency & Mitigation
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Greenpeace announced the findings of its new report, "Clicking Green: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet"1 in which the organization analyzes how Internet companies including Equinix are faring in deploying green initiatives and renewable energy to offset the potential environmental impact of running the global Internet. As the largest data center colocation provider with over 100 data centers worldwide, Equinix is uniquely positioned to make positive changes in designing and running facilities in ways that save energy and promote environmental sustainability. Read the full blog response here: http://blog.equinix.com/2014/04/equinix-continues-to-progress-on-green-data-center-initiatives/
In the report, Greenpeace rates Equinix favorably in the area of "Transparency" and average on "Energy Efficiency & Mitigation." Specifically, the report states, "Equinix has recently taken a big stride in its energy transparency. With plans for a new green web portal, Equinix will provide a snapshot of its energy demand and related greenhouse gas footprint, as well as electricity supply mix at a regional level. That makes Equinix by far the most transparent of the colocation providers." The report goes on to state that, "Equinix has demonstrated in several of its newer facilities a range of strategies to improve efficiency or reduce the facilities' energy and environmental footprint, including: fuel cells, solar, and green roofs." Equinix believes that increasing the company's transparency is the first step in influencing the larger marketplace.
Equinix and the Digital Economy
For more than 15 years, Equinix has been instrumental in the development and enablement of the Internet. Today businesses on five continents depend on Equinix to provide vital network connectivity and interconnection with other businesses to enable data to seamlessly flow throughout the globe 24/7. In many ways this connectivity is the lifeblood of global communications – largely built upon the Internet – which in turn powers the digital economy.
"For the estimated 2.5 billion people around the world who are connected to the Internet, it is impossible to imagine life without it. The Internet has rewoven the fabric of our daily lives – how we communicate with each other, work and entertain ourselves – and become a foundation of the global economy." – Greenpeace
According to the Greenpeace report and the Cisco VNI Index2, it is expected that the consumption of the Internet will accelerate as the global online population reaches 50 percent of the world's projected population, moving from 2.3 billion in 2012 to an expected 3.6 billion people by 2017. The report also states that the rapid growth of the cloud and the use of the Internet have increased electricity demand.
Data centers – including wholesale and retail colocation – are at the heart of this demand. As large consumers of electricity, data centers rely on electricity to supply power to critical Internet infrastructure and maintain operational reliability to global enterprises, municipalities and communication networks that impact end-users around the globe. Network uptime is at the heart of running the Internet and as such, Equinix prides itself on its industry leading uptime of 99.999 percent reliability to its customers.
The good news is that running the Internet is getting greener. As it continues to expand and build data centers around the world, Equinix has developed sustainability best practices which are increasingly being adopted in new builds.
Read more about Equinix's green initiatives and data center innovation here:
Points of Clarification – at the time the Greenpeace report went to print, the following statements were inaccurately reported:
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