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January 20, 2015

Virtus Data Centers joins government’s Climate Change Agreement

In just four weeks, the firm has met energy efficiency requirements with support from Utilitywise.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Virtus Data Centres has met energy efficiency requirements of the UK government’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) scheme in just four weeks, with the support from energy consultancy firm Utilitywise.

The London-based company, which opened its flagship data centre, London2, in Hayes last year, said securing the agreement has ensured environmental and operational efficiency.

CCA, announced in July last year, allows the data centre sector to claim discounts from carbon taxes in exchange for installing energy efficient measures, with the aim of helping the UK meet carbon reduction targets.

Neil Cresswell, Virrtus Data Centres’ CEO, said: "Virtus’ successful securing of a CCA is further proof of the company’s continued commitment to the improvement of our environmental and operational efficiency.

"Now that VIRTUS’ flagship data centre, LONDON2, is complete which has been designed from the outset as a model of efficiency to meet the growing demand for scalable, reliable, on-demand colocation services, we look forward to continue to working with Utilitywise to assist us in applying for and managing our CCA requirements on an ongoing basis."

Tim Hipperson, head of Supplier Relations and Regulation at Utilitywise, added: "The data centre industry is one of the most energy intensive in the world and its growth is expected to soar as people rely evermore on the digital world."

"It’s vital that companies act responsibly to ensure environmental and operational efficiency. VIRTUS proved itself to be a very environmentally conscientious company from the outset and by working with experts at Utilitywise, was able to complete the CCA application process, from site visit to CCA activation, in just four weeks."

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