TelecityGroup Achieves Carbon Trust Standard
July 29th, 2010 By: Colleen Miller
TelecityGroup, a European data center provider headquartered in the United Kingdom, has become the first provider to achieve the Carbon Trust Standard for its UK operations. The company also earned an ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.
The Carbon Trust Standard is a carbon award that requires organizations to measure, manage and reduce carbon emissions across their own operations. By improving its carbon efficiency from January 2007 through to December 2009 across the company’s UK operations and subsidiaries, TelecityGroup achieved the Carbon Trusts Standard. The company has committed to delivering ongoing year-on-year improvements.
“As the services we provide are at the heart of the digital economy, it is crucial that we continue to strive for environmental best practice and ensure our energy usage is as efficient as possible,” said Michael Tobin, CEO of TelecityGroup. “To achieve ISO 14001 accreditation across our entire portfolio of data centers in Europe, and be the first specialist data center services company to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard across our UK operations, shows both our continued environmental leadership and the combination of investment and proactive management we have taken to measure and significantly reduce our carbon emissions.”
“Being certified with the Carbon Trust Standard is proof that an organization has taken genuine action to reduce its impact on climate change by cutting its carbon emissions. We congratulate TelecityGroup for achieving the Carbon Trust Standard across their operations in the UK,” said Harry Morrison, General Manager of the Carbon Trust Standard.
The certificate also constitutes 50 percent of the Early Action Metric for judging performance in the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) which started in the UK in April 2010.
Additionally, following an audit of its facilities from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA), TelecityGroup has now been formally certified for ISO 14001 standard across all 23 of its data centers in Europe. ISO 14001 is an internationally-recognized certificate for organizations that demonstrate superior environmental management.
Based in London, TelecityGroup operates 23 network independent data centers across seven European countries. The data centers are located in prime positions for commerce and connectivity, including Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Manchester, Milan, Paris and Stockholm.
About The Carbon Trust Standard
- All businesses and organizations, both in the UK and internationally, are eligible to apply for the Carbon Trust Standard including FTSEs, mid-caps, SMEs and public sector organizations. Organizations that are awarded the Carbon Trust Standard hold it for a two year period and to maintain the certification they must reapply and demonstrate that they have continued to make year-on-year reductions in their carbon emissions.
- Total carbon footprint certified by the Carbon Trust Standard is now nearly 32 million tons of CO2e. This is equivalent to 9 percent of the total carbon footprint of UK businesses and transport. CO2e refers to units of “carbon dioxide equivalent” as greenhouse gases produced by industrial and agricultural processes include not only CO2, but also methane (CH4); nitrous oxide (N2O); hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs); perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)
- Through a commitment to continually reducing their carbon footprint, Carbon Trust Standard achievers have together cut their emissions by 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 and have saved the equivalent of £72 million associated with reductions in gas, electricity and fuel use.
- Organizations wanting information about getting the Carbon Trust Standard can visit www.carbontruststandard.com.