Equinix and AT&T Collaborate To Help Customers Meet Climate Goals
Delivering Solutions That Can Reduce Customers’ Supply Chain Emissions
[Reprinted with expressed permission from Equinix.]
By Jennifer Ruch and John Schulz
January 25, 2021
In today’s global economy, there is an increasing responsibility for companies to actively incorporate measurable sustainability targets into their corporate
strategies. So much so that it is quickly becoming a prerequisite for business investments and customer requirements. According to Gartner®, “The pressure on organizations to meet environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria is more widespread than most finance leaders might realize — 85% of investors considered ESG factors in their investments in 2020.” To achieve ESG goals, businesses need to collaborate with socially responsible and sustainable vendors and partners with a commitment to reducing scope 3 emissions.
Today we are announcing a new collaboration between Equinix and the recently launched AT&T Connected Climate Initiative. By joining forces, Equinix is helping AT&T in their efforts to enable their customers to reduce 1 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2035.
Collectively accelerating digital transformation
In addition to collaborating on environmental sustainability, Equinix and AT&T share a long history of delivering sustainable high-performance network services that reduce latency and scale seamless data exchange across secure digital infrastructures to our customers. Our combined services have helped digital leaders sustainably modernize their networks through greater network optimization and agility.
As the world’s digital infrastructure company™ with more than 220 data centers worldwide and the largest, most active global ecosystem of networks, clouds, and IT service providers, Equinix enables digital leaders to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure that powers their success. AT&T Business is a valued reseller of Equinix colocation and interconnection services and has established direct on-net networking in most of Equinix’s data centers around the globe.
This collaboration provides enterprises with industry-leading connectivity solutions that accelerate digital transformation initiatives and facilitate the seamless and secure exchange of data, while reducing latency, increasing flexibility and improving overall network performance. One example of how Equinix and AT&T co-innovate is the development of an end-to-end metro edge infrastructure that delivers a consistent fan experience to live streaming and on-demand sports content.
Collectively meeting customers’ sustainability requirements
Equinix and AT&T are aligning with each other and their customers and partners on a common sustainability journey. The newly formed AT&T Connected Climate Initiative is setting an industry-leading target to work with businesses collectively to use connectivity solutions to reduce a gigaton of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which is equivalent to nearly 3% of total global emissions in 2020, by 2035.
Through the initiative, AT&T will work with customers and technology leaders to identify best practices, develop new product offerings and support innovative startups to scale existing and develop new 5G- and broadband-enabled climate solutions. Equinix will work with AT&T to provide highly secure access to energy-efficient sustainably designed and operated digital infrastructure, helping customers expedite their digital transformation and lower emissions.
In addition to collaborating on environmental sustainability, Equinix and AT&T share a long history of delivering sustainable high-performance network services that reduce latency and scale seamless data exchange across secure digital infrastructures to our customers.”
The energy used to power technology solutions is a growing part of a company’s carbon footprint. Many companies don’t have the resources to focus on the energy efficiency of their digital operations. Together, Equinix and AT&T can provide customers with high-speed, low-latency interconnectivity while also lowering emissions — and that’s attracting sustainable, like-minded companies.
When customers use our solutions, they can transfer the operational scope 1 and 2 emissions of their data center footprint to scope 3 emissions, which are attributed to Equinix and AT&T as the suppliers. With our carbon reduction goals, proven expertise in power efficiency, and commitment to renewable energy usage, we are able to reduce our customers’ scope 3 emissions.