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IDC - Equinix's Sustainability Progress—IT Provider Corporate Responsibility Profile

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Data centers are heavy consumers of power resources and therefore must be mindful about sustainability, climate change and responsible energy usage. Large data center providers like Equinix are in a key position to drive positive change inside and outside the industry. In this vendor profile, IDC examines the sustainability strategy of Equinix to reduce the carbon footprint of digital business by building and operating highly efficient facilities, powered by renewable energy that contribute to more sustainable operations.


  • Equinix has 165 sites powered 100% with renewable energy
  • Out of its total worldwide energy usage of 5,740GWh in 2019, 92% was from renewable sources
  • Equinix is investing in and embracing new data center technologies facilities, and using its global footprint to extend sustainable best practices 
  • In 2020, the company created an Energy Efficiency Center of Excellence to coordinate performance upgrades and create more sustainable facilities
Companies like Equinix will prove value through implementing greener technologies and improving their use of resources. Equinix is in a good position to lead by example. Its investments in new technologies to accelerate the shift to cleaner energy, as well as innovation in technology to reduce overall energy consumption, will drive positive change across the broader datacenter ecosystem.
Jennifer Cooke and Marta Muñoz Méndez-Villamil
IDC Analysts, “IDC Corporate Responsibility Profile: Equinix's Sustainability Progress”

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