CyrusOne goes 100 per cent green

10 April 2019

Both London I (above) and London II data centres are now served by Hudson Energy, an independent provider of electricity and gas

Both London I (above) and London II data centres are now served by Hudson Energy, an independent provider of electricity and gas

CyrusOne has announced that its London I and London II data centres are now running on a 100 per cent renewable energy tariff.

Comprising a combined 23MW of IT power, the London I data centre in Slough and London II facility in Prologis Park, Stockley, are now served by Hudson Energy, an independent provider of electricity and gas to businesses across the UK.

CyrusOne said the move will transfer energy annual usage equivalent to 52,000 households to zero-emissions sources. Data centres have often been criticised for damaging the environment due to the speed at which they consume vast amounts of power and this move has seen CyrusOne buck the trend.

“As large energy users in the UK, the data centre industry is in a strong position to effect change in terms of how green energy is priced and made available,” said Tesh Durvasula, president – Europe, CyrusOne. “Traditionally, green energy tariffs have been priced at a premium, but as more users demand their energy from renewable sources, the rates we can negotiate are decreasing rapidly.

Durvasula added that the company would continue to explore ways in which to “maximise the efficiency and resource usage in our data centres so that we can pass those benefits along to our customers”.

Water conservation has been a significant factor in how CyrusOne designs and builds new data centres, the company said.