DEAC and Neste to cooperate on sustainable data storage solutions

DEAC and Neste have joined forces to cooperate on sustainable data storage solutions, with DEAC agreeing to purchase renewable biofuels to help drive their own sustainability agenda.  

DEAC is one of the largest independent data centres in Northern Europe, and began acquiring renewable electricity to power its facility last year. Cooperation with Neste, who produce renewable diesel, sustainable aviation fuel, and renewable feedstock solutions for various polymers and chemicals industry uses, will mark DEAC’s goal to switch to 100 per cent renewable energy as early as 2022. By utilising Neste MY Renewable Diesel, DEAC hopes to increase the sustainability of data storage during possible electricity outages. 

According to a 2020 study in the AAAS Science Journal, data centres account for around one per cent of global electricity usage. Some analysts suggest that the energy usage of global data centres could triple or quadruple within the next decade. 

Andris Gailitis the CEO of DEAC, said: “In 2021, DEAC already switched to 100 per cent renewable electricity from wind farms for managing the day-to-day data storage. We also upgraded the infrastructure to reduce energy consumption and introduced an improved cooling system. Our cooperation with Neste and the supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel enable our diesel generators to sustainably safeguard the data in emergency situations, like power outages. With this, we are happy to mark the switch to 100 per cent renewable energy sources.”  

“We are pleased that global data centres, the backbone of the digital world, follow more resource-intensive industries in search of solutions for a more sustainable future,” said Heidi Peltonen, responsible for sustainable partnerships in marketing & services, Neste. “Cooperation with DEAC marks Neste’s first time partnering with a data centre to provide it a solution – Neste MY Renewable Diesel – that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent compared to fossil diesel use.” 

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