Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact Commits European Cloud and Data Centre Industry To Ambitious Sustainability Action

by Luna
LCL Your Data Center

Press release

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Aurélie Decoster at Luna
Tel: +32 495 59 38 00
aurelie@luna.be

Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact Commits
European Cloud and Data Centre Industry
To Ambitious Sustainability Action

Twenty-five companies and seventeen associations from across Europe
agree to take specific steps to make data centres climate neutral by 2030

Brussels, 21 January 2021 – One year after the adoption of the European Green Deal, leading cloud infrastructure providers and data centre operators, among which LCL Data Centers, have created the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact. Twenty-five companies and 17 associations have agreed to a Self Regulatory Initiative to make data centres in Europe climate neutral by 2030. This means that LCL commits itself to be climate neutral by 2030, for all its data centers.

Companies joining the Pact represent the most significant industry players in cloud infrastructure and data centres in Europe. This is an historic and unprecedented commitment by an industry to proactively lead the transition to a climate neutral economy.

As a member of the European Data Centre Association, LCL Data Centers resolutely opts for sustainability. Climate is an important factor in our life. It is the social responsibility of all companies to strive for climate neutrality. For our data centers, we will introduce new technologies to further increase energy efficiency and we’ll invest even more in green power, to achieve the EU Green Deal targets”, says Laurens van Reijen, Managing Director of LCL Data Centers.

Alban Schmutz, Chairman of CISPE (Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers in Europe): “With cloud infrastructure the backbone of the European Union’s digital economy, our industry is committed to the idea that we must all play a central role in addressing climate change. This commitment underpins a roadmap for Europe’s cloud infrastructure industry to offer climate neutral services to customers by 2030.

Apostolos Kakkos, Chairman of EUDCA (European Data Centre Association): “Data centres are the supporting pillars of the fourth industrial revolution and, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, are essential infrastructure of not only the digital economy but of the entire global economy. It is our duty to commit to a self-regulatory initiative that will help to ensure the operational availability, sustainability and the future of our industry.

The Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact establishes a Self Regulatory Initiative which has been developed in co-operation with the European Commission. It supports both the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050, and the European Data Strategy by making EU data centres climate neutral by 2030.

The Self Regulatory Initiative sets ambitious goals that will facilitate Europe’s essential transition to a greener economy. It commits signatories to ensuring their data centres are climate neutral by setting ambitious measurable targets for 2025 and 2030 in the following areas:

  • Prove energy efficiency with measurable targets
  • Purchase 100% carbon-free energy
  • Prioritise water conservation
  • Reuse and repair servers
  • Look for ways to recycle heat

Progress towards achieving climate neutral data centres will be monitored by the European Commission twice a year.

For more details on the new Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, please visit ClimateNeutralDataCentre.net

Signatories:

Cloud providers and operators of data centres:
3DS Outscale (Dassault Systèmes), Altuhost, Aruba, Atos, AWS (Amazon Web Services), CyrusOne, Data4, DigiPlex, Digital Realty/Interxion, Equinix, FlameNetworks, Gigas, Google, Ikoula, Ilger, Infloclip, Irideos, ITnet, LCL, Leaseweb, NTT, OVHcloud, Register, Scaleway, Seeweb.

Trade associations:
CISPE, the association of Cloud Infrastructure Services Providers Europe, EUDCA, the European Data Centre Association, Cloud28+, Cloud Community Poland, Danish Cloud Community, Datacenter Industrien, Data Centre Alliance, Dutch Data Center Association, Dutch Hosting Providers Association, Eco – Alliance for the strengthening of digital infrastructures in Germany, EuroCloud Croatia, EuroCloud France, France Datacenter, Host in Scotland, IKT-Norge, ISPConnect, TechUK.

If you would like additional information or an interview,
please contact Aurélie Decoster at Luna:
aurelie@luna.be, +32 495 59 38 00

About LCL

LCL offers years of experience and know-how in the field of data centers and co-location. The company has four independent data centers in Diegem, Antwerp, Aalst and Huizingen. Thanks to its dynamic team and reputable service provision, LCL has grown over the years into a company with customers in many different sectors. Multinationals, small and medium-sized companies, governments, internet companies and telecom operators all call on the services of LCL. The company is Tier 3 certified and complies with ISO 27001 and ISO 45001 standards. LCL also resolutely opts for sustainability, and is 14001 certified. In addition, LCL holds ISAE 3000 and ISAE 3402 type II reports.

More information: http://www.lcl.be/