This milestone supports Digital Realty’s commitment to global sustainability to aim for a 68% reduction in direct emissions and a 24% reduction in indirect emissions by 2030, in line with a climate change scenario of 1 , 5 degree and with more than 1000 organizations that are committed to reducing emissions. through the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Interxion’s growing investment in sustainable solutions is particularly important given the growing demand for hybrid IT services in the region. With its growing presence in business, Paris has emerged as one of the leading metros for the intensity of data gravity in the world and a center for expanding digital infrastructure, according to the recently released Data Gravity Index DGx ™ by Digital Realty.
Committed to striving for carbon neutrality since 2014
Interxion France has been working to reduce its carbon footprint since 2014 and was the first major data center operator in France purchase electricity from renewable energy sources. On an annual basis, the company obtains renewable energy from French projects equivalent to its total energy consumption in the country.
The French sustainability milestone is the result of concerted efforts to reduce the energy consumption of the company’s data center infrastructure by France. Between 2014 and 2020, the company reduced its CO2/ m2 emissions in France by 20% per year on average, while simultaneously increasing the IT capacity available to customers France by 14% per year.
The company also plans to deploy a new high-efficiency river cooling solution using cold water from a disused coal mine in its MRS2 and MRS3 data centers in Marseille. This innovation is up to 30 times more energy efficient than traditional cooling systems, which makes Interxion Marseille some of the most efficient data centers in France.
Interxion France: Annual emissions of only 98 kg of CO2/ m2 client computer space
Due to the success of its energy efficiency program, Interxion France only had to offset 2,435 tonnes of CO2 in 2020, the equivalent of global scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions from its data center operations for the year. To achieve carbon neutrality by the end of the year, the company has invested in a Gold Standard certified project, which sets specific objectives to quantify, certify and maximize the impact of sustainable development initiatives.
Interxion also supports a reforestation program called Reforest’Action, an organization that protects, restores and plants new forests around the world, with the goal of planting more than 17,000 new trees. Two reforestation sites in France will be included, one in the South and one in Ile-de-France region, close to Interxion data centers. The reforestation program will include several local tree species per site, adapted to the regional ecology and resistant to global warming.
“One of the benefits of this approach, which has been under way for many years, is that it allows us to support our clients in achieving their corporate social responsibility objectives by offering them the sustainable solutions they are waiting, ”said Fabrice Coquio, Managing Director of Interxion France. “As a result, we make a direct contribution to offsetting our customers’ carbon footprints and making their digital activities more environmentally friendly. We are proud to say that Interxion France is on track to be carbon neutral by the end of 2020, with plans to maintain our carbon neutral status at least until 2030. ”
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About Interxion: A Digital Realty Company
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company, is a leading provider of carrier independent and cloud data center solutions in EMEA. With over 700 connectivity providers in over 100 data centers in 11 European countries, Interxion provides communities of connectivity, cloud and content hubs. As part of Digital Realty, customers now have access to 49 subways on six continents. For more information, please visit https://www.interxion.com/.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the world’s leading businesses and service providers by providing a full suite of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, its global data center platform, provides customers with a reliable foundation and a proven PDx ™ solution methodology of Pervasive Data Center Architecture from which to scale the digital business and effectively manage challenges data severity. Digital Realty’s global data center footprint enables customers to access the connected communities they care about with more than 280 installations in 49 subways across 24 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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