AirTrunk paves the way to net zero emissions by 2030


Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) hyperscale data centre specialist, AirTrunk, has announced its commitment to Net Zero emissions by 2030 with an industry-leading approach to emissions reporting that has been developed specifically for hyperscale data centre environments.

AirTrunk’s 2030 Net Zero target exceeds the objective set out in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C by 2050, and covers Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

AirTrunk founder and CEO, Robin Khuda, said: “The climate crisis is one of the most important global challenges of our generation. By taking immediate action to reduce our emissions, we are making an important commitment to our employees, investors, customers, partners and communities, for generations to come.

“As the pioneer of hyperscale data centres in the region, we are also pioneering a global standard for managing Net Zero emissions in hyperscale data centre environments. It is based on transparency, accountability and customer collaboration, and balances climate ambition with emissions ownership.”

AirTrunk chief technology officer, Damien Spillane, said: “It remains our goal to set the industry standard in sustainability across the Asia Pacific and Japan region, and our Net Zero approach puts us in a position to pave the way in data centre emissions reporting. The approach leverages the strategies and competencies of our customers while enabling interoperable carbon ledgers and ensuring zero double-counting.”

AirTrunk is continuing to achieve carbon neutrality for its Scope 1 emissions, as well as the Scope 2 emissions from its corporate head offices. The company will continue to monitor, measure and report its Scope 3 emissions, and develop a roadmap to manage these emissions in the future.

AirTrunk’s roadmap to achieve Net Zero by 2030 for Scope 1 and 2 emissions is outlined in its FY22 Sustainability Report, which also details the company’s achievements and commitments against its Planet, People and Progress sustainability pillars.

Highlights from the 100+ page report, covering the period July 2021 to June 2022, include the achievement of 1.35 annual average operating Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which is 20 per cent lower than the Asia Pacific region average, and a year-on-year improvement from 1.37. Additionally, a new water management framework was set up to ensure AirTrunk’s data centre water usage is both sustainable and productive. Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE) limits were set in water stressed areas, and they established an innovative water productivity threshold that sets minimum energy saving targets per unit of water use, ensuring that water usage delivers significant energy and carbon reductions.

Scope 3 emissions were also included for the first time across the value chain, including emissions associated with embodied carbon, business travel, employee commuting and employees working from home. Meanwhile, Airtrunk also hailed the conversion of their A$2.1 billion corporate loan facility into a
Sustainability Linked Loan (SLL), which achieved several milestones including being the largest
SLL for a data centre globally, the first for a data centre in APJ, and the first to utilise operating
PUE as a Key Performance Indicator. AirTrunk met all its SLL KPIs in FY22.

Each year, AirTrunk stated that it will respond to new challenges and opportunities and continue to assess its sustainability strategy and redefine its commitments to ensure a long-term climate view.

AirTrunk chief operating officer, Dana Adams, said: “We have made substantial progress on the targets we released in our inaugural Sustainability Report last year, demonstrating our commitment to integrating sustainability across our operations. We will continue to responsibly manage climate risks and opportunities, while engaging with our stakeholders and redefining benchmarks in sustainability.”

KPMG has been engaged to independently assure selected sustainability information including scope 1, 2 and select scope 3 emissions as well as carbon offsets.

“Together with our stakeholders, we are well-positioned to lead the transformation of our industry to enable a net zero emissions future,” Robin concluded.

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