CAPRE International Data Center Series Exclusive: Is Carbon Reduction Currently in Your Data Center Construction Strategy?

Construction is one of the most carbon-intensive industries. Concrete production, for example, contributes an estimated 8% of global carbon emissions. Not surprisingly, low-carbon building materials and innovative construction processes are vital in today’s world and in pursuit of the Paris Climate Accord’s carbon reduction targets. This is why, CAPRE & Skansa co-presented an important webinar, “Colocation & Hyperscale Next Generation Construction Strategy: Furthering Carbon Capture & Reduction Technology” on November 24 that explored carbon reduction targets as well as why they matter for colocation and hyperscale data center development, including how they boost ROI in the long term. The webinar was divided into two sessions, the first of which was titled “Embodied Carbon Efforts in Hyperscale and Colocation Facilities” and featured a star-studded line-up of leading mission critical insiders: Aaron Binkley, Senior Director – Sustainability Programs, Digital Realty Kevin Connor, Vice President – Project Executive, Skanska Jim Henry, Manager – Global Compliance, Iron Mountain Data Centers Phill Lawson-Shanks, Chief Innovation Officer, Aligned Nancy Novak, Chief Innovation Officer, Compass Datacenters Samir A. Shah, Managing Partner, TBL Mission Critical Travis Wright, Vice President – Energy and Sustainability, QTS Danielle Decatur, Director of Datacenter Cloud Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Connor kicked off the discussion by providing an overview of his firm’s Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator, known as “EC3.” The platform was developed by C Change Labs and jointly funded by Skanska and Microsoft. It is an open-source database solution of more than 43,000…