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 33.5% annually in 2015 gradually moving up to 44% at the end of 2015.
- Maintained 100% renewable energy in Europe as we have grown. Telecity acquisition sites were 73% renewable in 2015 and expected to increase as new contracts are signed.
- Signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) in Texas and Oklahoma for 225 MW of new wind capacity. Our Wake, Texas wind farm came online November 1, 2016 and our Rush Springs, Oklahoma wind farm came online December 1, 2016. Renewable energy from these agreements is estimated to cover 73% of our North American load in 2017. We continue to look for new opportunities to procure solar and wind in the U.S. to bring our coverage up to 100%.
- 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 met 33.5% 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 to cover our California load. These renewable energy purchases are on top of any renewable energy already distributed through the power grid from our existing utilities and suppliers.
Our location-based Scope 2 carbon footprint for 2015 was 1,122,413 metrics tons of CO2 (47% Americas, 27% Asia Pacific, 26% Europe). Factoring in the impact of our renewable purchases in Europe and our renewable energy certificates in the U.S., our market-based Scope 2 carbon footprint was 766,068 metric tons of CO2 (61% Americas, 39% Asia Pacific, 0% Europe). These numbers were assured to ISO 14064-3 standards.