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NZ's first hyperscale data centres now first net carbon zero
Wed, 21st Jun 2023

After making large investments in building the first hyperscale data centre campuses in Aotearoa New Zealand, CDC Data Centres has further strengthened its long-standing and deep commitment to market leadership by setting another benchmark for the industry in sustainability.

CDC is the first hyperscale data centre provider to achieve the Toitū net carbon zero certification for its Aotearoa New Zealand business and data centre campuses.

CDC founder and chief executive officer Greg Boorer says the net carbon zero certification yet again demonstrated CDCs industry leading approach to sustainability.

"This achievement highlights the meticulous and purposeful innovation we apply to all our data centre facility designs and operations across Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, which puts us at the forefront of environmental sustainability including water, energy and waste," he says.

"Our Tāmaki Makaurau hyperscale campuses in Silverdale and Hobsonville have been using 100 per cent renewable power since our first day of operations.

"However, being carbon zero is much more than just using renewable energy: it is about taking a comprehensive approach to managing emissions in a way that allows us to look after the nation as well as the planet," Boorer says.

CDC Managing Director NZ and Hyperscale Andrew Kirker says sustainability and the environment are critical drivers for CDC.

"I am proud we are raising the bar again for the industry," he says.

"We take a holistic approach to ensuring our data centre business is clean and green from our participation in Aotearoa New Zealand's Permanent Forest Sink Initiative to our zero-waste strategy," Kirker says.

CDC is the industry leader in water efficiency with its closed-loop cooling system. Well continue to set world-class benchmarks for data centre water use that will help establish new sector standards.

The certification is testament to the ongoing commitment of our team, who are relentless in understanding and delivering the services our data centre clients want and need.

Toitū net carbon zero certified organisations meet the strict standards of ISO14064-1:2018. CDC also currently holds and is committed to maintaining ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and ISO 45001.

CDC Data Centres opened its first two hyperscale data centres in Auckland last year. 

"We expect to create more of these opportunities, as well as ongoing, highly skilled technology jobs, as CDC continues to grow and expand its operations in New Zealand," Boorer said at the time.

In December, CDC Data Centres opened its new $1.5 billion data centre campus at Eastern Creek in Sydney’s west after announcing the company would further expand the world-leading campus with an additional $1 billion investment.