Equinix

2022

Top Sustainability Advocates in Asia

Equinix

Top Sustainability Advocates in Asia

2022

about Equinix

Championing integrity, neutrality and innovation.

Equinix walks the walk, leads the talk

Equinix, the world’s digital infrastructure company, was established in 1998 and is headquartered in Redwood City, California. Its vision is to become a trusted platform dedicated to integrity, neutrality and innovation.  

Aligning its company culture with the principle of being the platform that brings the world together by enabling the innovations that enrich work, life and planet; Equinix enables its customers to access all the right places, partners and possibilities they need to accelerate advantage. 

Globally, Equinix has over 245 data centers across 71 metros and 32 countries, providing data center and interconnection services for 10,000 strong of the world’s leading businesses, including more than 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Its International Business ExchangeTM (IBX®) data centers offer the broadest geographic reach, the largest choice in networks, and the most efficient connectivity options for companies looking to lease data center space. 

Equinix’s colocation services are backed by 24/7/365 on-site technical support, world-class physical security and >99.9999% average uptime. In Asia-Pacific, Equinix operates 51 data centers across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore and South Korea. 

In 2016, Equinix became the first data center company to publish a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) aligned comprehensive sustainability report and share measurable progress on environmental, social and governance (ESG) efforts in its annual corporate Sustainability Report. This report shares how Equinix engages stakeholders – investors, customers, employees and others – to uphold and advance their ESG commitments.

As the world’s largest global data center Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) and global leader in the data center industry, Equinix is committed to protecting the planet, connecting everyone to the benefits of the digital world; and powering global trust and responsibility through its ‘Future First’ sustainability strategy. This strategy focuses on rallying its people and partners to envision a better future, and then doing what it takes to make it happen.

Equinix has since established goals and targets across their ESG pillars. They are driven and determined by the belief that the company has the responsibility to harness the power of technology to create a more accessible, equitable and sustainable future. To accelerate progress, Equinix’s goals are also focused on and aligned with six United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. 

Among some of its environmental goals and targets are to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50 percent by 2030, achieve 100 percent renewable energy and RE100 commitment by 2030 and to reduce absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions from fuel-and-energy-related activities by 50 percent by 2030.

Excited about the opportunities for new technology to help advance its climate goals, Equinix plans to utilize Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), a bio-based liquid fuel produced using a variety of organic feedstocks, in all new build installations and retrofits where available; and to pilot the use of HVO at existing sites. Compared to diesel, HVO can reduce GHG emissions by up to 90 percent.

Equinix has allocated $2.9 billion from a total of $4.9 billion in green bonds issued since 2020 in eligible green projects across multiple areas of innovation, including green buildings, renewable energy and energy efficiency, expanding its commitment to sustainability. With the goal of globalizing standards within the next three years, it is implementing global energy and environmental management systems to manage the impact of their operations, working to align the certification of facilities to their regional ISO Environmental and Energy standards.

Realizing that stakeholder engagement is critical to the success of sustainability effort, Equinix’s set of interconnected ESG initiatives are designed to identify and create shared value for all stakeholders. It maintains open and flexible, multidimensional communication channels with its over 10,000 customers, employees, investors, communities in which it operates, and non-governmental organizations.

 

Equinix spares no effort in being serious sustainability proponents. As a market leader, it is also fast taking their place as a thought leader who believes that its services should not come at a price to the environment.

Shanggari Balakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, MORS Group

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