At Equinix we have a long history of investing in sustainable data centers. In fact Equinix’s energy efficiency program dates back to the dawn of our beginning. In the early 2000s we were cognizant of our choice of construction materials and looked to implement energy efficient components into all of our new builds. More recently we have continued to tackle efficiency, while also increasing our focus on renewable energy both onsite and offsite. As a result of our efforts we have:
- Increased our global renewable energy total from 30% in 2014 to 43% by the end of 2015
- Maintained 100% renewable energy in Europe as we have grown
- Signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in California, Texas and Oklahoma totaling 330 MW of new solar and wind capacity expected to come online in 2017. These agreements will cover 100% of our North American load when they begin.
- Invested in onsite deployments of clean energy including solar panels in Singapore and Amsterdam and fuel cells in San Jose, California and Frankfurt
- Adopted more aggressive regional PUE design targets 8-10% less on average
In 2015 Equinix will meet 43% of its global electricity requirements through renewable energy purchases. This includes 100% certified green power in Europe, onsite generation from solar panels and fuel cells, and renewable generation from bridge renewable energy certificates received through our 105 megawatt (MWac) power purchase agreement in California which is not expected online until 2016. These renewable energy purchases are on top of any renewable energy already distributed through the power grid from our existing utilities and suppliers.
Our gross carbon footprint for 2014 was 1,016,467 metrics tons of CO2 (51% Americas, 25% Asia Pacific, 24% Europe). Factoring in the impact of our renewable purchases in EU, our net carbon footprint for 2014 is 773,289 metric tons of CO2 (67% Americas, 33% Asia Pacific, 0% Europe).