Aligned announces new system to accelerate supply chain decarbonisation

Technology infrastructure company, Aligned Data Centers, has announced the integration of OriginMark, an enhanced material traceability system, across its data centre portfolio to accelerate supply chain decarbonisation and circular asset management.

Further bolstering the Aligned Insight platform and advancing its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy, the technology aims to provide Aligned and its customers a more transparent and granular view of their embodied carbon footprint by tracing the complete lifecycle of data centre equipment and devices as well as identifying material recovery and recycling options.

Valuable embodied carbon data can be computed based on an aggregate total and origination of materials inside the individual components, whether that is a single uninterruptible power supply (UPS), a data centre, or a customer’s multi-location presence across Aligned campuses.

“Today’s hyperscale companies and cloud providers have set aggressive sustainability and carbon reduction targets focused on achieving net-zero emissions in the very near future. Having transparency into the environmental impact of their global data center footprint is critical to realizing these goals,” states Phill Lawson-Shanks, chief innovation officer at Aligned.

“By deploying enhanced material traceability across our data centre campuses, Aligned will be able to combine robust carbon footprint quantification data with our energy-efficient platform and renewable energy options.”

As Aligned continues to roll out the material traceability program across its data centre portfolio, the company says that it will also work closely with its partners across the Aligned vendor-managed inventory (VMI) program to utilise the OriginMark technology during the construction of new builds and expansion of existing infrastructure. The Aligned Insight platform hopes to enable the company and its partners to identify the embodied carbon, and manage the circularity of their products, including generators, power distribution units (PDUs), and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) units as well as other components that go into data centre construction and operation.

Lawson-Shanks added: “This industrial ecological initiative will enhance our circular approach to material consumption and production, improving the operational effectiveness and sustainability of our adaptive, intelligent infrastructure, and further accelerating the zero-carbon transition of Aligned as well as our customers. Environmental alignment across our supply chain is critical to our comprehensive net-zero strategy, which addresses both direct and indirect emissions.”

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