Australasia-based IT services provider, Datacom, has announced that its New Zealand data centers are now powered by 100 percent renewable energy.
As part of a ten-year contract that was signed with Mercury Energy, Datacom’s New Zealand facilities will run on geothermal, wind, and hydro energy sources provided by Mercury. By doing so, the company has signed onto the ‘New Zealand Energy Certificate System' (NZECS).
The NZECS will cover Datacom’s four Kiwi data centers in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, and Christchurch, which offer a combined total of 29MW of capacity. The company also operates out of two AirTrunk facilities in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia.
“Ensuring our data centers are powered using a renewable and sustainable energy source is part of our vision to help shape a better future for our country and customers," said Andrew Green, data centers associate director at Datacom.
"As a company, we are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint as well as supporting the sustainability goals of our customers."
Datacom is aiming to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030. This move to 100 percent renewable energy is a significant step toward this, but according to Green, is not the only thing the company is doing.
“We always have sustainability projects on the go, including reducing energy use by cooling our facilities with outdoor air, initiating the deployment of solar on our rooftops, replacing our batteries with new lithium technology, right down to switching out our lightbulbs,” added Green.
The company is further looking to install EV charging stations at its facilities so visitors and staff and charge their cars using renewable energy. The company has also committed to investing in a full audit of its carbon footprint across Australia and New Zealand.