U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adds data centre partner

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Technology infrastructure company, Aligned Data Centers, has announced that it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, which it says illustrates the company’s commitment to covering 100 per cent of its electricity with green power.

By choosing green power, Aligned asserts that it is helping advance the voluntary market for green power and development of those sources.

“As the data centre industry’s leading change agent for sustainability, Aligned is proud to be recognised by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a member of its Green Power Partnership,” stated Andrew Schaap, CEO of Aligned. “We are committed to partnering with our customers to assist them in meeting their clean energy goals as we share the path towards achieving net-zero carbon emissions and a climate secure world.”

According to the U.S. EPA, Aligned Data Center’s green power use is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 13,000 average American homes annually. By moving the needle in the voluntary green power market, Aligned and other Green Power Partners aim to help reduce the negative health impacts of air emissions including those related to ozone, fine particles, acid rain and regional haze.

“EPA applauds Aligned Data Centers for its leadership position in the green power marketplace,” said James Critchfield, Program Manager of EPA’s Green Power Partnership. “Aligned Data Centers is an excellent example for other organisations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through green power investment and use.”

Since its founding, Aligned has made environmental stewardship and sustainability core pillars of its customer-focused business strategy and expanding data center portfolio, beginning with the innovative, energy-efficient design of its data centre platform. Aligned’s patented Delta3 cooling technology, combined with a state-of-the-art waterless heat rejection system, is designed to reduce power consumption, eliminates water usage, and decreases costs associated with data centre cooling. This cooling technology is expected to deliver significant efficiency enhancements across rising rack densities associated with next-generation workloads such as high performance computing (HPC) and AI/ML applications.

As part of its Aligned Insight platform, the company employs OriginMark, an enhanced material traceability system, which further accelerates supply chain decarbonisation and circular asset management across its data centr eportfolio. This technology provides Aligned and its customers a more transparent and granular view of their embodied carbon footprint by tracing the complete lifecycle of data centre equipment and devices, as well as identifying material recovery and recycling options. Aligned also partners with nZero to provide accurate data of its operational carbon footprint, which helps inform the sustainability strategies of both the company and its customers.

Aligned’s environmentally focused initiatives also extend to its green financing, which includes the industry-first green data centre securitisation and the first-ever U.S. data centre sustainability-linked financing. Aligned’s sustainability-linked financing is tied to the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), including a commitment to match 100 per cent of Aligned’s annual energy consumption to zero-carbon renewable energy.

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