environment

do what it takes to
protect the planet

Pressing environmental challenges, including climate change, require urgent collaborative action to ensure the sustainability and resiliency of our business, communities and global society. At Equinix, we are committed to preserving our collective future by taking responsibility for our share of carbon emissions and advancing a bold sustainability agenda across our business. We are leveraging our position as a large corporate buyer of energy by partnering with like-minded companies to advance low-carbon policies, sharing renewable energy buying knowledge and encouraging innovation to drive change. We are pioneering green data center design innovations and building and operating resilient, efficient and sustainable data centers around the world.

We will do what it takes to protect the planet and create sustainable value for all of our stakeholders.

Our Environmental Commitments

Addressing the Urgency of Climate Change Through our Targets

  • Achieving our 2030 science-based target (SBT) across Scope 1, 2 and 3.
  • Becoming climate-neutral across our global operations by 2030

Scaling Renewable Energy

  • Reaching our goal of 100% clean and renewable energy usage across our global portfolio.

Designing for the Environment and Driving Innovation

  • Allocating funds to deliver sustainable outcomes across our business; our green bonds will propel our investments in greening our footprint.
  • Designing, building and operating sustainable data centers planned holistically to reduce our consumption of all resources.
  • Leveraging technology and innovation to encourage commercialization of solutions that will enable the “Data Center of the Future.”
  • Building and maintaining healthy and sustainable office settings for our employees.

Assessing and Mitigating Climate Risk

Advocating for Change and Inspiring Others

  • Partnering with like-minded organizations to advance environmental and climate change policies and accelerate action and innovation on key priorities such as renewable energy.

Environmental Highlights

Energy Consumption Renewable Energy
550,000 U.S. homes’ energy use for a year
6,460 GWh electricity and chilled water
802 wind turbines running for a year
91% renewable globally
93% Americas • 74% Asia-Pacific • 98% EMEA
18 countries at 100% renewable
Carbon Footprint Green Buildings
50% absoute reduction since 2015
2 million metric tons avoided carbon achieved from
renewables
69% under certification by sq ft.
17.7 million sq. ft of gross floor area under environmental
certification
Assurance Investments
ISO 14064-3 Limited Assurance
Energy, renewable energy and emissions
Assured since 2015
41 MW fuel cells providing cleaner, reliable electricity
1.51 global average annual PUE
14 Energy Efficiency Center of Excellence
Projects completed with a $5M investment
and expected 28,000 MWh/year savings

Key Environmental Metrics

Environmental Data: Energy and Emissions

Metric Units 2018 2019 2020
Energy Consumption* GWh 5,180 5,700 6,460
Renewable Energy* GWh 4,730 5,250 5,840
% Renewable Energy** % 91% 92% 91%
Energy Intensity* GWh / million USD revenue 1.020 1.028 1.077
GHG Emissions: Scope 1 mtCO2e 46,700 40,700 55,100
GHG Emissions: Scope 2 (location-based) mtCO2e 2,079,000 2,079,000 2,280,200
GHG Emissions: Scope 2 (market-based) mtCO2e 224,000 306,000 327,700
Carbon Intensity (location-based) mtCO2e / million USD revenue 387 381 389
Carbon Intensity (market-based) mtCO2e / million USD revenue 53 62 64

Energy and emissions are assured to ISO 14064-3:2019 standards for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.
GHG = Greenhouse Gas
*Energy Consumption Scope 2 electricity and chilled water

Accounting and Assurance

Equinix references the WRI/WBSCD Greenhouse Gas Protocol to calculate our carbon footprint. Our energy and renewable energy consumption, Scope 1, Scope 2 and most of our Scope 3 emissions are independently assured by Lucideon CICS to ISO 14064-3:2006 Standards for the quantification and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Targets and Carbon Reduction

Equinix will be climate-neutral by 2030

Scaling Renewable Energy

Equinix has a long-term goal to use 100% clean and renewable energy

Design and Innovate for the Environment

Equinix designs, builds and operates sustainable data centers and engages in green financing opportunities

Healthy and Sustainable Offices

Sustainability is embedded in our corporate office initiatives

Climate
Risk

Equinix manages climate-related risks and opportunities

Advocacy and Inspiration

Advocacy is a hallmark of our strategy as we leverage the buying power of many companies