Leading Companies Meet in NYC to Discuss Sustainable Solutions for the Dirty Data Center Industry: Inertech, Skanska, BlackRock, NTT, Lockheed Martin, and More

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On December 5th, AGRION – the global business network for energy, cleantech and sustainability – will host stakeholders from leading organizations to find energy efficient solutions to high power and water demand in mission critical facilities.

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Sustainability leader, engineers, and other corporate decision-makers need to be aligned in this field. There are tremendous opportunities for savings and impact reductions at stake.

Much of the nation’s energy consumption comes from daily building operations, and a substantial proportion of that demand stems from data centers, broadcasting stations, and mission critical facilities. With data center power demand growing 63% in 2012 alone, companies are considering ways to be more energy efficient to curb costs, more effectively manage data, and reduce environmental risk. Implementing the right technology has the potential to save millions in energy costs, tons of carbon, gallons of water, square footage, fines for pollution non-compliance, and prevent lost productivity from outages.

Canadian telecommunications company Telus recently opened the Kamloops facility utilizing Inertech’s patented cooling technology, enabling the data center to use 80% less power and 86% less water to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) ratio sub 1.1, a remarkable feat in the mission critical space. Companies have traditionally been very private about their data center portfolios, even internally. “I speak to corporate sustainability leaders from financial institutions who tell me they can’t do much besides curb paper use, all the while their engineers are withdrawing millions of gallons of water and emitting tons and tons of CO2 through their mission critical operations. There are great technologies that reduce OPEX and environmental impacts,” notes Nicholas J. Davis, Managing Director of Agrion Americas. “Sustainability leaders, engineers, and other corporate decision-makers need to be aligned in this field. There are tremendous opportunities for savings and impact reductions at stake.” The Inertech-Skanska joint venture with Telus’ facilities is a great example of smart financial decisions yielding significant sustainability gains.

With data production projected to be 44 times greater in 2020 than in 2009, companies around the world are beginning to find creative solutions to align costs, performance and sustainability in data centers and critical facilities. On December 5th, AGRION will host a panel discussion in New York City with speakers from Inertech, Skanska, BlackRock, Lockheed Martin, and NTT to tackle challenges and opportunities in this market. Inertech’s Jakob Carnemark and Skanska’s Bryant Farland will be present to discuss their solutions.

Through weekly meetings in offices around the world, AGRION provides a platform for members to connect, exchange ideas, and identify business opportunities. AGRION members can determine critical business drivers, explore innovation, and realize sustainable growth in a world challenged by resource constraints, climate change, and evolving political landscapes. To learn more or create your own profile, visit http://www.agrion.org.

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