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Canadian data centre provider eyes carbon capturing concrete for new builds

Written by Thu 21 May 2020

New building material can dramatically reduce data centre carbon footprints

Canadian data centre provider Compass Datacenters has revealed of all its facilities will be built with CarbonCure concrete.

The innovative environmental material, developed by fellow Canadian outfit CarbonCure Technologies, is made by injecting re-captured CO2 into the concrete manufacturing process.

According to CarbonCure, the procedure dramatically reduces the amount of cement required to mix the concrete, which is important as cement production accounts for 7 percent of global CO2 generated. On top of that, it’s a pretty handy way of removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

As data centres builds typically require a sizeable amount of concrete, it is hoped the new material will offer providers another avenue through which to reduce carbon footprints.

While CarbonCure concrete has been readily adopted for motorway, skyscraper and airport construction, the data centre industry is comparatively late to the party.

CarbonCure founder and CEO Rob Niven said Compass’s adoption of the material will help his company meet its ambitious goal of eliminating 500 megatonnes of CO2 emissions from concrete production annually.

“We are excited to be partnering with forward-thinking companies like Compass Datacenters to reduce the embodied carbon footprint of the built environment by making construction in the data center industry more sustainable.”

According to Nancy Novak, CIO at Compass Datacenters, leveraging the material will reduce her company’s CO2 footprint by an average of 1,800 tons per campus (the equivalent CO2 sequestered by 2,100 acres of forest or driving a car 4 million miles).

“Our research and development investments are unique to the data center provider space but continually pay off with a lower-cost, faster-to-build, high-quality product,” she added.

Last week Blancco and CO2Neutral announced they have parterned on a online calculator that can be used organisations in US and Canada to determine carbon credit and cash values for retired IT equipment, including servers and old laptops.

Written by Thu 21 May 2020


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