It is surprising that the world’s data centers is raising its area and focusing in terms of sustainable building, design and construction. A combined total of more than 130 billion kilowatt hours of carbon is used annually, not to mention the emissions associated with computer servers.
In April, for example, a Greenpeace report slammed IT giants such as Apple, Amazon and Microsoft for trying to green wash the wider community while failing to convey in terms of the energy efficiency of their data centers, whereas the efforts in this area of Google, Yahoo and Face book were admired.
Last week, a further landmark was reached with respect to the greening of present data centers in Hong Kong when the NTT Communications Hong Kong Data Centre became the first data centre in the city to achieve LEED Certification for upgrading to existing buildings.
Taylor Man, executive vice president of NTT Com Asia’s New Business Division says that while new buildings are typically planned to meet the latest green construction standards, meeting LEED necessities in terms of operations for existing buildings is tricky because of the volume of supervision and staff training involved.
“The green building movement offers an unprecedented opportunity to respond to the most important challenges of our time, including global climate change, dependence on non-sustainable and expensive sources of energy and threats to human health,” says Rick Fedrizzi, President, and CEO & Founding Chair of the U.S Green Building Council. “The work of innovative building projects such as NTT Communications Hong Kong Data Centre is fundamental to achieving higher environmental standards in the data centre industry and serves as a prime example of how much we can accomplish.”
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