Hong Kong Data Centre Recognised For Improvements
Using a combined total of more than 130 billion kilowatt hours of carbon annually, not to mention the emissions associated with computer servers, it is hardly surprising that the world’s data centres have become an increasing area of focus in terms of sustainable building, design and construction.
Thus far, the tone of that attention has been mixed. In April, for example, a Greenpeace report slammed IT giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft for trying to greenwash the wider community while failing to deliver in terms of the energy efficiency of their data centres, but praised the efforts of Google, Yahoo and Facebook in this area.
More positively, in June, Hewlett Packard shifted the goal posts further in terms of centre design when it unveiled plans for the world’s first zero carbon data centre.
Last week, a further milestone was reached with respect to the greening of existing data centres in Hong Kong when the NTT Communications Hong Kong Data Centre became the first data centre in the city to achieve LEED Certification for improvements to existing buildings.
Launched in 2009, NTT says its building, which has been awarded LEED Silver Certification in the LEED accreditation for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance category, has achieved an improvement of almost 15 per cent in energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.