Vantage Data Centers has released its second annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) report. Themed ‘A Global Vision. Locally Adapted.’ the report details Vantage’s progress and achievements towards its goals across the company’s 29 global data centre campuses amid a period of rapid growth.
“In 2022, Vantage continued to build on its unprecedented global growth, all while remaining committed to our sustainability, inclusivity and safety goals,” said Chris Yetman, chief operating officer at Vantage Data Centers. “We have a singular global vision for responsibly developing our data center campuses around the globe, a vision that is flexible to adapt to the local communities in which we operate. We are proud of the progress that we’ve achieved to date and look forward to sharing future results with our customers, investors, employees and all stakeholders.”
In 2021, Vantage used a third party to conduct a materiality assessment that surveyed customers, investors, employees, utility providers, community representatives and local governments about their top ESG priorities. The results of this assessment provided Vantage with the foundation that shaped the goals outlined in the ESG report.
From an environmental perspective, highlights of Vantage’s 2022 ESG report include tackling global environmental and resource challenges while maintaining growth is a complex task. Last year, Vantage broadened its sustainability program to focus on five strategic areas: greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, energy, water, waste and community.
Additionally, vantage said they continue to be committed to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2030. In 2022, the company completed its first Scope 3 emissions screening, developed a roadmap with proposed interim reduction targets and continued to refine its data collection methodology. Vantage joined more than 375 companies in signing The Climate Pledge, another strategic step in its ongoing commitment to reduce its environmental impact.
Finally, in 2022, Vantage made renewable diesel fuel a reality, moving from an exploratory assessment period to implementing Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) at its Cardiff campus. Vantage’s use of HVO significantly reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, delivering measurable progress towards lessening its carbon footprint. The company is currently working to expand the use of this biofuel more broadly based on availability and costs per market.