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Green by Design

Our purpose is to connect, power and protect the digital economy. We believe it is important to do this in an environmentally sustainable way. We design, build and operate our data centers with high energy efficiency standards and a long-term goal of using 100% clean and renewable energy for our global platform.

 

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Our Corporate Sustainability Program was designed to deliver meaningful and measurable progress against sustainability goals that positively impact our customers, partners, investors and employees. We seek to be good stewards of the environment and the resources we consume. As leaders in data center sustainability, we are leading by example and taking steps to minimize our carbon footprint and reduce our energy consumption. We also value of collaboration and transparency in all of our efforts.

Long-term 100% Clean and Renewable Energy Goal


RECENT RESULTS

92% renewable energy coverage globally in 2018 up from 77% in 2017

OVERALL PROGRESS

Since 2015, Equinix has increased its renewable energy coverage from 33.5% to 92% globally

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RECENT RESULTS

  • 4,725 GWh of renewables procured in 2018 up from 3,495 GWh in 2017 (+35%)
  • 92% renewable energy coverage globally in 2018 up from 77% in 2017

OVERALL PROGRESS

  • Since 2015, Equinix has increased its renewable energy coverage from 33.5% to 92% globally
  • Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) for wind power supply over 900,000 MWh of renewables to our U.S. portfolio each year
  • In 2018, 100% of our U.S. load was covered by renewables; 77% of Asia-Pacific and 95% of EMEA.

Green-Certified Data Centers


RECENT RESULTS

31 LEED certified data centers (23% by sq ft globally)

OVERALL PROGRESS

LEED Silver or equivalent green building standards are Equinix’s policy for all new construction

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RECENT RESULTS

  • 62 out of 74 EMEA IBXs certified to ISO 14001:2015 (94% by sq ft in EMEA)
  • 60 out of 74 EMEA IBXs certified to ISO 50001:2011 (93% by sq ft in EMEA)
  • 31 LEED certified data centers (23% by sq ft globally)

OVERALL PROGRESS

  • Equinix data centers and offices meet global and regional environmental and energy management standards or green building standards
  • LEED Silver or equivalent green building standards are Equinix’s policy for all new construction
  • Our worldwide headquarters in California’s Silicon Valley has earned LEED® Gold Certification

Commitment to Collaboration and Transparency


RECENT RESULTS

Equinix is #4 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list

OVERALL PROGRESS

Equinix’s sustainability reporting has aligned with GRI Standards since 2015

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RECENT RESULTS

  • As of July 2019, Equinix is #4 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership National Top 100 list
  • Equinix achieved a Silver-level recognition with EcoVadis for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices in 2018

OVERALL PROGRESS

  • We support measurement, reporting and transparency around the impact of our operations
  • Equinix’s sustainability reporting has aligned with GRI Standards since 2015
  • Third party greenhouse gas verification in accordance with ISO 14064-3 has been performed since 2015
  • Equinix discloses energy, greenhouse gas, and sustainability data to CDP (since 2015), Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (since 2016), RobecoSam DJSI/CSA (since 2019)

Effective Energy and Emission Reductions


OUR PROGRESS

Customers of Equinix can take advantage of a low-carbon emissions factor CEF) in over 160 of our IBX data centers

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RECENT RESULTS

  • 44% Reduction Year-Over-Year based on Scope 1 + Scope 2 (market-based) global totals (481,700 mtCO2e in 2017 to 270,700 mtCO2e in 2018)
  • Customers of Equinix can take advantage of a low-carbon emissions factor CEF) in over 160 of our IBX data centers; resulting in net-zero Scope 2 carbon emissions at these sites

OVERALL PROGRESS

  • Equinix’s Scope 2 emissions fell 71% since 2015 on an absolute market-based carbon basis (766,100 mtCO2e to 224,000 mtCO2e)
  • Since 2011, our investments in energy efficiency total >$100 million in upgrades, retrofits, and improvements; representing 25,000 kilowatts of avoided demand annually or roughly 430,000 mtCO2e of carbon emissions

Green Innovation

We continuously look for innovative ways to deploy energy-saving technologies and on-site generation solutions.

Adaptive control systems

Reduce power consumption and increase cooling capacity through active airflow management using intelligent, distributed sensors and innovative control policies

ASHRAE thermal guidelines

Reduce power consumption for cooling, while maintaining a safe operating temperature for computing equipment

Cold/hot aisle containment

Lowers energy consumption and enables more efficient cooling by using physical barriers to reduce the mixing of cold air in data center supply aisles with the hot air in exhaust aisles

Energy-efficient lighting systems

Utilize motion-activated controls and/or LEDs to reduce energy consumption and ambient heat from operating lights

Fuel cells

Place electricity in close proximity to our energy consumption while allowing maximum efficiency and increased resiliency; Equinix has 38 MW of fuel cells deployed in the U.S.

Machine learning and AI

Used in several pilot projects to identify new energy efficiency improvements in our data centers

High temperature chilled water set points

Improve our design and operational PUEs by raising the chilled water temperature to save energy

Green Certifications and Renewable Energy Coverage

Equinix data centers are certified to meet rigorous environmental and energy management systems standards. All new builds target LEED Silver or equivalent green building certifications and over 160 of Equinix IBXs are 100% covered by renewable energy (as of 2018) resulting in net-zero Scope 2 carbon emissions at these sites.

       

 

Green Collaboration and Recognition

We pursue our sustainability goals with the intention of continuously making progress. We join forces with partners across industries and share best practices. We get and give advice on how to do things better. As a result, we have been recognized by a variety of organizations for our leadership in operating sustainably.

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EPA Green Power
EPA Green Power Leadership Award
NAREIT Leader In The Light Awards
Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards
WWF WRI