Global IT company, Datapipe, which hosts the ENWORKS Online Resource Efficiency Toolkit software, has announced plans to run a new Iceland data centre on geothermal and hydroelectric energy.
The newly opened data centre in Keflavik, Iceland was developed by UK-based developer, Verne Global. Tests are being carried out on network performance before new, green cloud services can be launched, but the site already operates on a carbon neutral basis.
The facility is powered by Iceland’s dual-sourced renewable energy power grid, which distributes electricity from hydroelectric and geothermal sources, and the local ambient temperatures mean that minimal energy is required for cooling equipment.
Robb Allen, Datapipe’s chief executive said: "Verne Global has engineered an environmentally sustainable data centre that will enable Datapipe to expand into a new market...
"Power and cooling efficiencies, combined with the strategic geographic location, will provide our clients with an option for carbon neutral, enterprise-ready IT services and a 100 per cent green cloud."
Datapipe’s sustainability strategy includes a commitment to powering all of its US data centres with 100 per cent renewable energy.
This achievement led to the company being chosen as one of 10 organisations to receive the Green Power Leadership Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), at the end of last year.
At the presentation ceremony in November, Gina McCarthy, the EPA's assistant administrator said: "EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award winners are driving the development of new renewable energy sources, and demonstrating that green power makes good environmental and business sense.
"We applaud Datapipe's efforts and hope that other organisations follow their lead.”
Datapipe approached ENWORKS last year, after hearing about its achievements at supporting businesses to become more sustainable.
It has been hosting the ENWORKS Online Resource Efficiency Toolkit software free of charge since April 2011.
At the time of writing, the ENWORKS Toolkit software is tracking more than 37,690 separate environmental improvement projects in businesses of all sizes and sectors across the UK, each at different stages of implementation.
If all the projects are successfully implemented, the companies involved will save more than £386 million on a recurring basis, simply by using resources such as energy, water and materials more efficiently.
Published 21 May 2012