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Stack data centre in Milan adopts beehives to support biodiversity

Written by Fri 14 Oct 2022

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Stack Infrastructure has a new addition at its data centre in Milan. The company announced that it has adopted three complete hives on honeybees, which support a total population of 200,000 bees.

A LinkedIn post describing the development noted, “Honeybees are responsible for 80% of the world’s pollination, but their population is threatened and drastically declining. Protecting this endangered species is essential for biodiversity and environmental conservation and is just one of the ways STACK is dedicated to a sustainable present and future.”

Data centre industry group Host in Ireland recently expanded its ‘DCs for Bees’ initiative to include advice on how to build a pollinator pathway on data centre campuses to support bee populations worldwide. The DCs for Bees Pollinator Plan includes 42 suggestions for actions that can be taken to ensure the survival of bees, by businesses of all sizes and types. It is a shared plan of action that includes Host in Ireland, 40 data centre industry partners and members of the larger tech industry.

The suggestions in the Pollinator Plan include limiting the removal of existing greenery and hedges, mowing less frequently, and identifying new opportunities for pollinator-friendly planting in underutillised areas such as rooftops or window boxes.

The goal is to create awareness and drive real action “that can help to reduce, stall or ever reverse the extinction of our bees.”

Read more: Data centre providers pledge to plant 1000 trees to support the bees

A recent study from the University of Georgia found that mixed-land use – such as a development interspersed with forest patches – actually improves bee diversity. This makes a data centre campus an ideal spot to support pollinator biodiversity.

Stack Infrastructure’s Milan data centre isn’t the only facility to put resources toward bees and pollinator support. The NTT data centre in Vienna hosts four large hives, while a large campus in Loudoun County, Virginia incorporated outdoor pollinator pathway activities to support the local bee population.

Written by Fri 14 Oct 2022


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