Telekom Malaysia (TM) has recently secured a Green Electricity Tariff (GET) for three of its data centers.
The telecommunications company announced on March 24 that it had successfully obtained the GET from Tenaga Nasional Berhad, a Malaysian electric utility company.
The Green Electricity Tariff is a government initiative to aid the country’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Subscribers to the tariff get their electricity from solar or hydro generators instead of fossil fuels.
Telekom Malaysia will apply the GET to three data centers: Klang Valley Core Data Centre (KVDC) in Cyberjaya, Iskandar Puteri Core Data Centre (IPDC) in Johor Baru, and KL City Data Centre (CTDC) in Brickfields.
Imri Mokhtar, Telekom Malaysia’s CEO said: “The largest source of carbon emissions worldwide is from electricity generation as well as heat management, and data centers use significant amounts of power to run the information technology and cloud workloads. This indirectly contributes to a high level of carbon emissions as the electricity typically comes from fossil fuel-based energy supply.”
This move by the telecommunications company will save 27 million kWh per year, the equivalent of 19,134 metric tons of carbon emissions.
Mokhtar also said that the tariff will enable TM to substantially reduce the impact its data centers have on the environment while continuing to enable its customers, from large enterprises to the public sector and global hyperscalers, to enjoy the convenience, stability, and security of its data center services.
Telekom Malaysia has committed to cutting down emissions progressively in order to meet the net-zero emissions by 2050 goal.