Coreix opens carbon-offset data centre

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Coreix opens carbon-offset data centre

Antony Savvas

Coreix says it is operating the UK's first carbon-neutral datacentre, after signing a 20-year agreement with the World Land Trust.

Reports show that on average, a datacentre in the UK uses more power in a year than the city of Leicester.

Imran Boota, managing director of Coreix, said, "We want to be a leading example in our industry and we hope others will follow in our footsteps to make the UK's data centre industry much more environmentally friendly."

Each year, the World Land Trust will plant a 1.2 hectare area in one of its two Ecuadorian projects for Coreix. Over a twenty year period, this will sequester all of Coreix's annual carbon emissions.

John Burton, chief executive of the World Land Trust, said, "We are delighted to welcome Coreix as one of our first corporate partners. We believe it is a major milestone that a key player in an energy intensive industry is taking such a responsible approach."

The Coreix data centre in London produces 19.35 tonnes of CO2 per month, or 232.2 tonnes each year.

The 232.22 tonnes of CO2 require 1.2 hectares of land to be planted each year to offset Coreix's CO2 emissions over a 20 year period. Each hectare will sequester approximately 9.5 tonnes of CO2 each year.

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