TM secures Green Electricity Tariff for its data centres

Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) has announced that its customers will soon benefit from a sustainability boost, with the Group recently securing Green Electricity Tariff (GET) from Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) for three of its data centres in the region.

The Klang Valley Core Data Centre (KVDC) in Cyberjaya, Iskandar Puteri Core Data Centre (IPDC) in Johor Bahru, and KL City Data Centre (CTDC) in Brickfields, will all be supplied by electricity generated from renewable sources, which, TM says, complements the data centres’ Green Building Index (GBI) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications obtained previously for their efficient energy use.

GET is one of the Government’s initiatives to provide Malaysian consumers with the option to use green electricity coming from renewable energy supply as the country moves towards achieving net-zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2050. GET subscribers are supplied with electricity coming from solar and hydro generators instead of fossil fuels.

Imri Mokhtar, group chief executive officer, TM, said, “The largest source of carbon emission worldwide is from electricity generation as well as heat management, and data centres use significant amounts of power to run the IT and Cloud workloads. This indirectly contributes to high levels of carbon emissions, as the electricity typically comes from fossil fuel-based energy supply. With this clean electricity, we will substantially reduce the impact our data centres have on the environment while continuing to enable our customers, from large enterprises, the public sector or global hyperscalers, to enjoy the convenience, stability and security of our data centre services.

“For our data centre customers who are conscious of the green efforts in their business operations, GET fulfills this need, enabling them to deliver their products and services in a greener manner to their end customers. This green initiative by TM will provide a total energy saving of 27 million kWh per year, which is equivalent to a total carbon emission of 19,134 metric tons,” he added. “To put that into perspective, this is comparable to the amount of electricity used at 3,476 homes for a year, or 9.7 million litres of petrol consumed by the average automobile.”

The adoption of GET is the latest among the Group’s various initiatives under the Environmental pillar of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitment, in addition to running nature preservation activities via its foundation, Yayasan TM.

The Group are aiming to progressively cut down emissions by 30 per cent in 2024, 45 per cent by 2030 and achieve net-zero emission by 2050.

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