New-build Manila data centre achieves market-leading efficiency metrics

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Digital Edge have published the second iteration of their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report, reporting for the first time on key metrics to achieve their goal to be a carbon neutral data centre organisation by 2030. The report also revealed that the company has successfully achieved its target Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of 1.193 or better at its newly opened NARRA1 facility in Manila.

Digital Edge published its first ESG report in April 2020 which set out a number of ambitious targets aligned to its three key ESG pillars of Respect for Resources, Respect for People & Communities and Respect for Transparency. These included being carbon neutral by 2030 and sourcing 50 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2025. One year on, the company has reported on progress towards achieving these goals, including reporting on its Scope 1 and 2 emissions footprint for the first time and aligning its reporting data to the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) framework for software and IT services.

Most notably, the report states that the company’s NARRA1 data centre in Manila, which opened in March 2023, has achieved market leading power efficiency metrics in its initial Integrated Systems Testing (IST) phase. The company is the first colocation operator to deploy Nortek’s patented Statepoint Liquid Cooling technology in Asia. This has enabled the NARRA1 facility to achieve a PUE of 1.15 at 75 per cent load during Phase 1 testing under optimised conditions, better than its ambitious design PUE of 1.193 (against a global average of 1.55) and despite the Philippines’ hot and humid climate. This surpasses the company’s Basis of Design target to achieve a peak PUE of 1.3 or less for all new build facilities, with a target annualised PUE of 1.25 or better at 75 per cent load.

“The results we are seeing in Manila are truly phenomenal, particularly for a data centre in this kind of climate. While it still early days and we need to see how the facility performs as we install more customers and increase the load, it is encouraging to see such great performance from day one,” said Jay Park, chief development officer for Digital Edge, commented. “I genuinely believe that by continuing to adopt innovative new technologies and processes we will be able to achieve our ambition to build the most efficient and sustainable data centres in the world.”

The theme of the report is ‘Future Possible’ and emphasises the importance of building the digital infrastructure of the future in a way that is both sustainable and responsible.

The report also found that NARRA1 in the Philippines and EDGE2 in Indonesia are on track to achieve LEED Gold Certification, and that, in 2022, the company achieved 100 per cent uptime across its operational data centres, with all sites having achieved triple certification in ISO 45001 (occupational health and safety), 14001 (environmental management) and ISO 27001 (information security and data privacy).

Commenting on the report, Samuel Lee, chief executive officer at Digital Edge, said: “ESG has been engrained in our company’s values since day one and I am pleased to share the meaningful steps we have taken on the journey so far. We continue to strive to ‘future-proof’ both our infrastructure and our industry; while our company may only be three years old, the investments we are making in ESG ensure we can continue to live up to our values – and meet our customers’ needs – for decades to come.”

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