The report covers seven focus areas within ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance): Energy, GHG emissions, Waste, Water, Biodiversity, Social responsibility, and Governance. Each focus area has a defined overall objective supplemented by several targets. In the report, Green Mountain outlines the progress toward these targets as well as the next steps.
According to the report, Green Mountain delivers top scores on the most significant sustainability parameters of a data center. This includes all data centers operating on 100 per cent renewable power; world-class energy efficiency with a PUE below 1.2; a Scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint of 3.24 grams CO₂e/kWh, which is significantly lower than the industry average; and leading pilot projects on heat-reuse.
The results, Green Mountain says, show that they are leading the industry in terms of sustainability. However, they have also identified several areas where they can take action to drive closer to net-zero. These areas include a stronger focus on preventing leakage of F-gases and becoming independent of fossil fuels for emergency power.
Torkild Follaug, sustainability manager at Green Mountain, said: “Our own emissions are very low, but it is still a challenge to bring them down to zero. We will continue to work systematically to reach our goals and be transparent towards our stakeholders on our progress.”
Tor Kristian Gyland, CEO of Green Mountain, commented that he is proud of the work his team has done to systemise plans and efforts and produce this report: “For many years I believed a sustainability report was unnecessary as we have always worked with a vision of setting the green standard in the industry. However, our clients and stakeholders demand more transparency in what we are doing and what our next goals are. This will also make it easier to hold us accountable.”