Compass Datacenters announces new biodiesel partnership


Compass Datacenters has announced a new partnership with Foster Fuels that will see the company adopt Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil-based biodiesel (HVO) to fuel its on-site generators.

Foster Fuels will serve as Compass’ preferred green diesel provider, reaffirming both organisations’ commitment to greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.

“The Foster Fuels partnership is part of our overall strategy to reduce our Scope 1 & 2 GHG emissions and will make our generators far more sustainable,” said Adil Attlassy, Compass Chief Technology Officer. “Based on our results to date, using HVO blended fuels is reducing our generators’ Scope 1 GHG emissions by approximately 85 per cent versus traditional diesel. Additionally, we are significantly reducing particulates and sulfides as compared to fossil fuels, eliminating diesel’s dirty smoke plume.”

“We are very excited to help companies achieve their sustainability goals with alternative fuels like HVO. Foster Fuels has been a long-time Compass partner and this sustainability initiative is a result of close collaboration between our teams to address an important issue,” said Watt R. Foster, Jr., Foster Fuels President & CEO. “The initial rollout involves Compass’ facilities in Northern Virginia, Arizona, and Texas. Our ultimate goal is to make HVO renewable diesel fuel available throughout the U.S.”

“Our decision to adopt HVO-based biodiesel for generators is consistent with our previous efforts, such as CarbonCure concrete; both are focused on GHG reduction. A truly holistic approach to sustainability includes power sources, but also needs to include the facility’s design, the materials used, water usage, the supply chain, and much more,” said Nancy Novak, Compass Chief Innovation Officer. “Backup power needs to be part of the sustainability strategy, and Foster Fuels is providing us with an innovative, scalable solution that we expect will become an industry standard.”

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