By: Tanya Duncan
As we gear up to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s time to gather all things green in honor of the patron saint of Ireland. Green clothes, green accessories and perhaps even a few four-leaf clovers; it is the luckiest holiday on the calendar after all.
But Ireland isn’t just green by aesthetic or name, it’s green by nature too; 26% of the energy it produced in 2016 came from renewable sources and it was recognised as having the third highest wind penetration in the world. The green isle has set itself the ambitious target of having 40% of all its energy generate from renewable sources by 2020, which will make Ireland one of the greenest energy producers in Europe.
Ireland’s clean energy drive is a decisive factor for organisations that want to operate their data centres in the most efficient and responsible manner.
At Interxion, we’re proud to support Ireland’s sustainability goals by using 100% renewable energy, mostly wind energy, throughout all three of our data centres in Dublin. Our latest addition in the capital, DUB3, will provide around 2,300 square metres (24,756 square feet) of equipped space and 5 megawatts of customer power – using only renewable energy.
Building DUB3 came with unique environmental challenges, as it’s located in the Grange Castle business park just outside Dublin city centre, which is home to local wildlife.
Not wanting to interfere with the surrounding habitats during the construction of our data centre, we took active measures to maintain and develop these ecosystems. We installed a green wall featuring climbing vines that face the surrounding area, which will be home to a local population of bats. We also implemented special LED lighting in lieu of the typical flood lights, which we keep below 5 meters so we don’t detract from the flight path of birds and bats.
We’re pleased to say that our newest data centre is now ready to operate in a truly sustainable way. This is further strengthened by the fact that we’re able to take advantage of Ireland’s naturally temperate climate, which doesn’t see many extreme conditions. With temperatures bouncing between average highs of 68ºF and lows of 43ºF (20ºC and 6ºC, respectively), it’s the ideal climate for free-air cooling, which uses 40% less electricity than typical cooling methods. This decreases the energy spent on cooling and makes our data centres more efficient, allowing us to pass these savings on to our customers. We even use some of the heat generated by the data centre to warm up Interxion’s offices!
Energy is a fundamental component of the services we deliver to our customers, and stewardship of our energy consumption is something we feel very strongly about. To share our sustainability expertise more widely, Interxion participates in the Technical Committee and the Advisory Council of The Green Grid, the leading energy efficiency and sustainability association for the data centre industry, as well as the EC Joint Research Centre on Sustainability.
As our data centres in Dublin demonstrate, we strive to work with businesses responsibly, helping them to reduce their carbon footprint and empowering them to create a more sustainable world. What better time than now, the greenest time of the year, to reflect on how environmentally friendly your business is? Find out more about our sustainability efforts here and after you’ve celebrated this Paddy’s weekend like a pro, get in touch with us to talk about how our energy-saving data centres can help you invest in a greener future.