QTS Realty Trust has joined RE100, a global corporate leadership initiative bringing together influential businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity, QTS announced on Thursday. RE100 is led by The Climate Group, in partnership with CDP.
"For QTS, renewable energy is a very important part of our larger sustainability strategy documented in our recently published ESG Report," said Travis Wright, vice president of Energy & Sustainability for QTS. "As one of the largest data center service providers, we are committed to lead the industry in minimizing carbon footprint, water reclamation, recycling and a variety of other important clean energy initiatives," Wright added.
Recently, QTS published the 2018 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Initiatives Report to demonstrate the company’s commitment to procure 100 percent of power from renewable energy sources by 2025.
In addition, QTS has been ranked the fourth largest user of green power among data center companies by the EPA. The company has reused or recycled 550 million pounds of industrial materials to date, and reclaimed more than 30 million gallons of water and increased its water-use efficiency by 26 percent over the last two years.
RE100's purpose is to accelerate change towards zero carbon grids, at global scale. The initiative works to increase corporate demand for – and in turn supply of – renewable energy. To join RE100, companies must set a public goal to source 100% of its global electricity consumption from renewable sources by 2050 and disclose electricity data annually.
Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate Group, said: "We are pleased to welcome QTS to RE100. With its Chicago, Piscataway and Irving data centers already running on 100% renewable electricity, and others in the works, QTS is demonstrating a focus on sustainable energy resources is good for business and leading the industry to a clean energy future."
About QTS Realty Trust
QTS Realty Trust, Inc. is a leading provider of data center solutions across a diverse footprint spanning more than 6 million square feet of owned mega scale data center space throughout North America and Europe.
Through its software-defined technology platform, QTS is able to deliver secure, compliant infrastructure solutions, robust connectivity and premium customer service to leading hyperscale technology companies, enterprises, and government entities.