NEXTDC operations certified carbon neutral

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Thursday, 14 February, 2019

NEXTDC operations certified carbon neutral

The corporate operations of NEXTDC have now been certified as carbon neutral under the federal government’s National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS).

Forming a new strategic partnership with Qantas, NEXTDC will source carbon offset credits from Qantas Future Planet to meet ongoing compliance requirements under the NCOS.

Now in its 12th year, Qantas Future Planet is the world’s largest airline carbon offset program. Qantas Future Planet supports carbon offset projects such as fire management with Indigenous land owners in the North Kimberley, supporting rainforest communities in Papua New Guinea and protecting more than 7000 hectares of Tasmanian wilderness.

NEXTDC also plans to make available a NCOS-compliant co-location opt-in program to customers who are committed to offsetting their carbon emissions in NEXTDC facilities, with an end goal of its customers also achieving 100% carbon neutral operations when they co-locate at any of its data centres.

NEXTDC has implemented numerous innovations that drive leadership through sustainable engineering outcomes that drive a more efficient use of energy across our entire footprint, showcasing how companies can be engineered to simultaneously achieve positive outcomes for both the environment and their bottom line.

“NEXTDC supports the science of climate change and we’re not afraid of using that conviction to show others how our business interests can help create a better future for all. We build and operate a national footprint of Australia’s most energy-efficient data centres, which serves as a reminder that organisations can be engineered to both support the environment and improve business efficiencies,” said NEXTDC CEO Craig Scroggie.

“The Qantas Future Planet program is more than carbon offsetting — it’s about connecting and collaborating with sustainability leaders. Together with our customers, we’ve offset more than three million tonnes of carbon at more than 40 certified offset projects around the world. We’re thrilled NEXTDC is joining our network of leaders,” said Qantas Group Executive Andrew Parker.

Data centre providers are well positioned to leverage renewable energy technology, which allows NEXTDC and the industry at large to meet and exceed Australia’s greenhouse gas emission reduction target of 26% to 28% from 2005 levels under the Paris Agreement.

NEXTDC achieved a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) 5-star rating for energy efficiency at its M1 facility in Melbourne and 4.5 stars for its S1 facility in Sydney.

NEXTDC’s second-generation data centres will deliver even higher levels of energy efficiency, with B2 Brisbane, M2 Melbourne and S2 Sydney showcasing world-leading engineering never seen before.

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