DEAC, Neste cooperate on sustainable data-storage solutions
DEAC, one of the largest independent data centers in Northern Europe that has been acquiring renewable electricity since last year, and renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) producer Neste have joined forces to cooperate on sustainable data-storage solutions. Cooperation with Neste will mark DEAC’s goal to switch to 100 percent renewable energy as early as this year. By utilizing Neste MY Renewable Diesel™, DEAC will increase the sustainability of data storage during possible electricity outages.
According to a 2020 study in the AAAS Science Journal, data centers account for around 1 percent of global electricity usage. Some analyses suggest that energy use of global data centers will even triple or quadruple within the next decade.
“In 2021, DEAC already switched to 100 percent renewable electricity from wind farms for managing the day-to-day data storage,” said Andris Gailitis, CEO of DEAC. “We also upgraded the infrastructure to reduce the energy consumption and introduced an improved cooling system. Our cooperation with Neste and the supply of Neste MY Renewable Diesel enable our diesel generators to sustainably safeguard the data in emergency situations, like power outages. With this, we are happy to mark the switch to 100 percent renewable energy sources.”
Heidi Peltonen with Neste added, “We are pleased that global data centers, the backbone of the digital world, follow more resource-intensive industries in search of solutions for a more sustainable future. Cooperation with DEAC marks Neste’s first time partnering with a data center to provide it a solution—Neste MY Renewable Diesel—that reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent compared to fossil diesel use.”
DEAC is one of the largest independent data center operators in Northern Europe, owned by a Swiss investment infrastructure fund managed by Quaero Capital. DEAC has points of presence in the major cities of Central and Eastern Europe. DEAC serves thousands of customers in more than 40 countries by offering innovative IT services and applying individual business approaches and top-notch technologies.