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 28% in 2014 and 33.5% in 2015 to 56% in 2016.
- In 2016, exceeded our public RE100 target of 50% renewable energy against a 2015 baseline (1,278 GWh targeted) by end of 2017. Our 2016 renewable energy coverage (56% in 2016 or 79% against 2015) has greatly exceeded our goal.
- Achieved 81% renewable energy in Europe by maintaining 100% renewable energy in legacy Europe sites as we have grown and trueing up Telecity acquisition sites as contracts come up for renewal.
- 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 2016, Equinix met 56% of its global electricity requirements through renewable energy purchases. Our global strategy includes 100% certified green power in Europe, onsite generation from solar panels and fuel cells and renewable energy certificates generated from our long term power purchase agreements for wind power from Texas, Oklahoma, International RECs and emission reduction credits in China and Japan.
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 2016 was 1,526,837 metric tons of CO2 (37% Americas, 27% Asia Pacific, 36% Europe). This is up from 1,122,413 mtCO2e in 2015 due to our large acquisitions of Telecity and Bit-isle as well as organic growth of our business.
Factoring in the impact of our renewable purchases, our market-based carbon footprint was 797,792 mtCO2 (49% Americas, 32% Asia Pacific, 19% Europe). Our market-based footprint was nearly flat since 2015 (795,669 mtCO2e in 2015 or 0.3% increase year over year) due to our expanded purchasing of renewable energy throughout the world. These numbers were assured to ISO 14064-3 standards for Scope 1 and Scope 2.