CyrusOne published its 2021 Sustainability Report, focusing on the company’s commitments to the environment, the community, and stakeholders. The annual report provides insight into the company’s efforts to conserve water and energy through what the report terms creative data center design.
“I am proud of the progress CyrusOne has made over the past year as we continue to invest in and build the data centers of the future. This report demonstrates how CyrusOne improved global operations while simultaneously making important progress in our ongoing commitment to reach net-zero carbon. We fully recognize the importance of our sustainability mission, from expanding renewable electricity resources and scaling our industry-leading water conservation efforts to providing supportive workplaces for a talented, diverse team and promoting equity in our supply chain,” said David Ferdman, interim President & Chief Executive Officer of CyrusOne. “While we have made great strides over the past year, we also recognize that there is much more to be done. I look forward to working with our team and partners to accelerate our conservation and diversity initiatives in the coming year.”
Some of the highlights of the report include how the company assesses climate risk. They use a methodical approach to understanding and addressing the risks climate change poses to their business, utilizing Carbon Pricing Analysis and Future Flood Risk Assessment methods.
The report also highlights the focus they are placing on water conservation in the data center industry through providing industry competitive energy efficiency without sacrificing water. This is in part illustrated when they expanded this effort to their flagship data center in Carrollton, Texas, a region experiencing high water shortages. Cyrus One managed to effect a 67% reduction in the facility’s onsite water consumption from the prior year and continued with the purchase of Water Restoration Credits to exceed the remaining consumption, whilst simultaneously providing benefits while also benefiting local wildlife and biodiversity.