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20 May 20211 minute read

O2 to cut data centre emissions

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O2 to cut data centre emissions

Telecoms firm O2 plans to slash carbon emissions from its data centres by using new, cutting edge energy efficient cooling equipment to replace traditional electric-powered air conditioning and transitional gas-based refrigeration.

O2 estimates that each site with the new technology will consume 15-20% less energy every year. To date, around 70% of the firm’s sites have received the upgrade. Once all sites receive the technology, O2 forecasts, CO2e savings of more than 678,000 kilograms will be delivered within a 12-month period.

O2’s head of corporate responsibility and sustainability Tracey Herald said to Edie News, “Our number one priority is keeping customers connected, but that cannot be at the expense of the environment,” “Data centre cooling is a great example: the more data we use, the hotter the centres can become. Historically networks have relied on air con, but the UK has plenty of fresh, cold air that does the same job – so we’re getting rid of old kit and using energy in a smarter way.”

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