When we founded Exuvi8 toward the end of 2020, the world was waking up to the paradox of climate change – and associated need to slow the pace of environmental decline – and increasing reliance upon electronic communication, something which enabled so many of us to cope with the measures implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, we argued that the digital infrastructure industry could reconcile these paradoxes in ways which allowed it to meet demand whilst simultaneously adhering to a parallel commitment to sustainability.
Three years on, we are facing a very different challenge: an energy crisis which – along with individual households – threatens the very industry which helped buffer some of the social and economic effects of the pandemic. Never has it been more important to re-evaluate energy consumption, as well as our reliance upon fossil fuels. This is why our mission is to foreground the dual concerns of energy efficiency and energy security. While efficiency is best served by matching energy use to requirements, security can be achieved both by exploring options for generating and storing energy locally, and by reducing the amount of energy that is wasted; for example, via power lost in transmission, or unutilised surplus heat.
We see environmental sustainability as a must-have, rather than a nice-to-have, especially as businesses have statutory obligations to meet low carbon targets. Designed to best practice standards – including EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) and CEEDA – our data centre solutions can help clients reduce their digital footprint.
We also believe that the communities in which data centres are located should benefit from their presence by a) enjoying the benefits of improved connectivity required by data centres, and b) from the reconceptualisation of data centres as ‘energy centres’, including but not limited to the diversion of surplus heat and energy into local heat grids.
Realising our vision of reducing the environmental impact of the digital infrastructure industry is not something we can do on our own; nor is it something that can be achieved by working in individual silos.
Instead, we have developed an inter-disciplinary approach involving experts representing all aspects of the data centre design, build, and operate continuum – manufacturers, power, IT, software, connectivity, finance, build, resellers, and – importantly – clients. Through collective innovative thinking, we are more likely to achieve our aims and leave a positive legacy for future generations.