About the Project
With 19 data centres in 13 cities across Asia, including China, Singapore, India, Indonesia, and Japan, ESC was engaged by a leading developer and operator of hyperscale data centre infrastructure to refine their sustainability strategy as well as identify sustainability initiatives for the client to showcase climate ambition to stakeholders, clients, competitors, and the public.
ESC started with a benchmark analysis (PEST analysis with macro-environmental factors) to cover sustainability activities including climate actions of relevant competitors and other environmental components. ESC also conducted a workshop with the client’s core management group to understand corporate perspectives on strategic sustainability frameworks such as Global Reporting Initiatives (GRI), Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTI), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), RE 100 etc. ESC used findings from the workshop to draft an initial list of up to 10 priority issues to explore in the sustainability roadmap.
ESC continued from there to calculate the client’s corporate carbon footprint for FY 2020 according to GHG Protocol, which is the international standard. ESC also developed emission scenarios for the client, as the client plans to continue its rapid growth in the future whilst having to reduce emissions till the year 2030.
In the final step, ESC developed a decarbonization roadmap/strategy for the client to reduce their carbon footprint. The roadmap called attention to sustainability and climate path for the client within the next 1-3 years to illustrate steps for carbon reduction (primarily by transitioning to renewable energy) as well as commitment to climate initiatives (RE100, GRI standards, TCFD) to showcase climate ambition to stakeholders, competitors, clients as well as public.
ESC benchmarked the client’s sustainability activities as well as calculated their carbon footprint for their operations. ESC developed strategic carbon reduction roadmaps for operations in 4 countries by identifying country-specific decarbonization instruments in each country.
Working with the client, ESC’s sustainability experts have made valuable contributions towards assisting energy and carbon-intensive company to reduce their carbon emissions and proactively respond to the challenges that our planet faces. ESC assisted the client in ensuring their long-term success aligned with broader societal goals.