Capacity Media – 3rd December 2018
Data centre company Global Switch has received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification for the first stage of its Hong Kong data centre.
The level indicates the achievement of the highest levels of environmental responsibility in construction and Global Switch Hong Kong is one of only three carrier and cloud neutral data centres in the region to obtain the accreditation from the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC).
Chris Cheng, Global Switch’s managing director in Hong Kong, said: “Sustainability and energy efficiency are vital components for today’s data centre offering and I am delighted that we have delivered one of the most energy efficient data centres in Hong Kong.”
The first stage of Global Switch Hong Kong, which launched in December 2017, obtained 100% scores in innovation in design and regional priority – as well as exceptionally high scores in the important sustainable sites and energy and atmosphere areas
The new data centre is strategically located, close to key submarine cable systems, in this important business and financial hub.
Cheng said: “Achieving this key certification for the first stage of Global Switch Hong Kong is testament to the high quality environmental design we have applied to all aspects of the data centre from initial concept through to build and its ongoing operation.”
Andy To of USGBC said: “Data centres consume 100 times more energy than complex commercial office buildings. LEED certification is a strong commitment to greener and more efficient data centres. We feel very honoured to have industry pioneers like Global Switch.”
The second and final stage of Global Switch Hong Kong is under construction and is due to launch at the end of 2019.