Norwegian data center colocation provider, Green Mountain, has released its first-ever sustainability report. The company is already well-known for its sustainability commitments and has won several awards for its sustainability work. But this is the first time a comprehensive report outlining focus areas, status and plans has been published.
The report covers seven focus areas within ESG (environmental, social, governance): Energy, greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water, biodiversity, social responsibility, and governance. Each focus area has a defined overall objective supplemented by several targets. In the report, Green Mountain outlines the progress it has made towards these targets, as well as next steps.
In brief, Green Mountain delivers top scores on the most significant sustainability parameters of a data center:
- All data centers operating on 100 percent renewable power;
- World-class energy-efficiency with PUE below 1.2 (global industry average is 1.59);
- Scope 1 & 2 carbon footprint of 3.24 grams CO₂e/kWh (Significantly lower than industry average);
- Pilot projects on heat reuse.
The results are industry leading, but the company has identified several areas where they can take action to drive even closer to net zero. These include a stronger focus on preventing leakage of fluorinated gases and becoming independent of fossil fuels for emergency power.
“Our own emissions are very low, but it is still a challenge to bring them down to zero. We will continue to work systematically to reach our goals and be transparent towards our stakeholders on our progress,” said Torkild Follaug, sustainability manager at Green Mountain.
Tor Kristian Gyland, CEO of Green Mountain, is proud of the work his team has done to systemize plans and efforts and produce this report: “For many years I believed a sustainability report was unnecessary as we have always worked with a vision of setting the green standard in the industry. However, our clients and stakeholders demand more transparency in what we are doing and what our next goals are. This will also make it easier to hold us accountable.”
The full report can be found here.
About Green Mountain
Green Mountain designs, builds and operates highly secure, innovative, and sustainable colocation data centers in Norway. The data centers operate on low cost 100% renewable power and the use of free cooling creates high power efficiency.
- The data center near Stavanger (DC1-Stavanger) is built deep inside a mountain in a former high security NATO ammunition storage.
- The data center in Telemark (DC2-Telemark) is in the ‘cradle of hydro power’ in Norway with close proximity to multiple local hydro power plants.
- The data center at Enebakk (DC3-Oslo) is situated just outside Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Green Mountain is one of the largest data center operators in the Nordics and experience strong growth. Among clients are large international companies within Cloud, Banking/Finance, HPC, Automotive and more.
Learn more about Green Mountain: www.greenmountain.no
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