It’s been a whirlwind summer for T5 and our minds have unsurprisingly been on the weather–specifically, how hot the weather has been. In fact, July 2023 was the hottest month on record and as recent trends suggest, we should only expect warmer temperatures as the years go on.
So, how is this affecting the data center space? For one, when temperatures and humidity rise, data centers must work harder to maintain a cool environment to power the centers. This often results in higher energy consumption, increased costs and, adding insult to injury, a larger carbon footprint. With data centers consuming one to three percent of total energy consumption worldwide, rising global temperatures make it more imperative than ever to implement sustainable practices to offset data centers’ impact.
The Net Zero initiative has long been a pillar of T5’s efforts. As a member of the iMasons Climate Accord, we’re among good company with other digital infrastructure partners committed to providing data to propel the industry to carbon neutrality, the first step to ‘Net Zero’. With increasing temperatures, T5’s commitment to implementing proactive sustainability standards is further reinforced.
In addition to being a part of the climate accord, T5 utilizes nZero for real-time digital carbon tracking and reporting so our customers can optimize energy consumption while meeting their own corporate sustainability goals. We also work closely with customers to create a combination of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) to support these goals. And regarding the cooling issue, we’re proud to say we utilize high efficiency closed-loop air-cooled systems to maintain temperatures while conserving water and other resources–leading to an overall smaller carbon footprint.
Two things are for certain: data centers are critical to the operations of businesses and life worldwide, and, as trends indicate, we must reduce our overall footprint by doing our part to improve sustainability in our data centers. Learn more about T5’s sustainability initiatives and tell us what steps you’re taking to be greener for a Net Zero future.
In June, Karen Stein joined our executive team as our new General Counsel. Her impressive tenure in the telecommunications industry and deep legal knowledge will help propel T5 forward as we work toward our ambitious sustainability and business goals.
Also in June, we celebrated National Safety Month by acknowledging the accomplishments of our T5 Facilities Management and Construction services team as they exceeded over three million hours worked without a lost-time accident across our portfolio of data centers and construction sites. But safety isn’t just a priority one month out of the year–it’s a way of life at T5, ensuring our teams are safe enables us to focus more closely on our sustainability efforts. Read more about the Top 5 Things to Be T5 Forever Safe to join us in our commitment to workplace safety.
As the dog days of summer approach, we’re eagerly looking forward to DCD Connect London in October, where we will sponsor and exhibit at the event and network with other industry professionals. Stay tuned for more details as the event approaches!
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