Data centers are the backbone of our digital infrastructure. However, as the demand for data storage and processing continues to grow, it is incumbent on us to monitor and reduce the environmental impact of data centers. This is where a Data Center ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) strategy comes into play, offering a sustainable solution to mitigate these concerns while maintaining operational efficiency.
Compass is committed to designing, building and operating sustainable data centers. Before getting into our ESG strategy, let’s understand what data center ESG is and why it matters.
Understanding Data Center ESG
ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, and represents a holistic approach to addressing the sustainability and inclusivity challenges in the data center industry. Let’s break down each component:
This aspect focuses on reducing the environmental footprint of data centers. It involves the use of processes and technology to decrease energy consumption, implement efficient cooling systems, utilize renewable energy sources, and minimize waste production.
The social component’s focus is on creating a positive impact on local communities and society as a whole. It involves promoting diversity, fair labor practices and community engagement.
Governance in Data Center ESG is meant to ensure ethical decision-making, transparency and accountability in data center operations. It also addresses data security, privacy and compliance with regulations and industry standards.
Why Data Center ESG Matters
The rapid expansion of the industry has only increased the need for sustainable practices in every aspect of our business. Data Center ESG seeks to accomplish this with methods like the use of green energy, sustainable construction methods and optimization of cooling systems.
Sustainable data centers are often more energy-efficient and cost-effective. By optimizing energy usage, data centers can reduce operational expenses, enhancing profitability in the long run.
Legal and Regulatory Compliance
Organizations that integrate governance principles into their data center operations can ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. This serves to increase trust in the communities where we operate.
By creating an inclusive workplace, data center companies can not only boost diversity, but promote innovation and cutting-edge technology for customers.
How Compass Implements Data Center ESG
At Compass, we understand our responsibilities extend beyond delivering data centers to support our customers’ businesses. Our environmental, social and governance, ESG strategy, reflects our customers’ values and our core mission to make lives better by providing technology leaders a secure place to plug in wherever they grow.
Sustainability is at the heart of how we design, build, and operate our data centers, and it’s driven by four key components:
- Means & Methods
Innovation and leadership are essential to our success. A diverse workforce with unique perspectives ensures we have fresh new ideas, which enable Compass to meet or exceed our customer’s goals. At Compass, “data centers done differently” represents our commitment to forging a reliable, sustainable and inclusive digital future. Learn more about Compass Datacenters Sustainability.