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Equinix Continues to Progress on Green Data Center Initiatives

Global data center and interconnection company receives favorable marks on Transparency and Energy Efficiency & Mitigation

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Greenpeace announced the findings of its new report, "Clicking Green: How Companies are Creating the Green Internet"1 in which the organization analyzes how Internet companies including Equinix are faring in deploying green initiatives and renewable energy to offset the potential environmental impact of running the global Internet. As the largest data center colocation provider with over 100 data centers worldwide, Equinix is uniquely positioned to make positive changes in designing and running facilities in ways that save energy and promote environmental sustainability. Read the full blog response here: http://blog.equinix.com/2014/04/equinix-continues-to-progress-on-green-data-center-initiatives/

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In the report, Greenpeace rates Equinix favorably in the area of "Transparency" and average on "Energy Efficiency & Mitigation." Specifically, the report states, "Equinix has recently taken a big stride in its energy transparency. With plans for a new green web portal, Equinix will provide a snapshot of its energy demand and related greenhouse gas footprint, as well as electricity supply mix at a regional level. That makes Equinix by far the most transparent of the colocation providers." The report goes on to state that, "Equinix has demonstrated in several of its newer facilities a range of strategies to improve efficiency or reduce the facilities' energy and environmental footprint, including: fuel cells, solar, and green roofs." Equinix believes that increasing the company's transparency is the first step in influencing the larger marketplace.

Equinix and the Digital Economy

For more than 15 years, Equinix has been instrumental in the development and enablement of the Internet. Today businesses on five continents depend on Equinix to provide vital network connectivity and interconnection with other businesses to enable data to seamlessly flow throughout the globe 24/7. In many ways this connectivity is the lifeblood of global communications – largely built upon the Internet – which in turn powers the digital economy.

"For the estimated 2.5 billion people around the world who are connected to the Internet, it is impossible to imagine life without it. The Internet has rewoven the fabric of our daily lives – how we communicate with each other, work and entertain ourselves – and become a foundation of the global economy." – Greenpeace

According to the Greenpeace report and the Cisco VNI Index2, it is expected that the consumption of the Internet will accelerate as the global online population reaches 50 percent of the world's projected population, moving from 2.3 billion in 2012 to an expected 3.6 billion people by 2017. The report also states that the rapid growth of the cloud and the use of the Internet have increased electricity demand.

Data centers – including wholesale and retail colocation – are at the heart of this demand. As large consumers of electricity, data centers rely on electricity to supply power to critical Internet infrastructure and maintain operational reliability to global enterprises, municipalities and communication networks that impact end-users around the globe. Network uptime is at the heart of running the Internet and as such, Equinix prides itself on its industry leading uptime of 99.999 percent reliability to its customers.

The good news is that running the Internet is getting greener. As it continues to expand and build data centers around the world, Equinix has developed sustainability best practices which are increasingly being adopted in new builds.

Read more about Equinix's green initiatives and data center innovation here:

Points of Clarification – at the time the Greenpeace report went to print, the following statements were inaccurately reported:

  • Data centers in the U.S. (page 39) – Equinix does not have a data center facility located in North Carolina
  • Clean Energy Index – Equinix (page 75) – Switzerland should be listed as 100% RE, 0%NG, 0%Nuc, 0%Coal based on Equinix's green power contract with its utility provider
  • Appendix 2: Equinix (page 50) – "Equinix does not currently have energy efficiency… targets to guide its growth" – reference PUE design target and LEED Silver target


  • Mark Adams, chief development officer, Equinix:
    "Today's digital economy relies heavily on electricity to physically power not only the devices that we all carry in our bags and pockets, but the Internet in which all these devices run on. It is our job as tech innovators to develop new, more efficient ways of using power globally. Equinix is at the heart of bringing together many of these technologies including the Internet, Cloud and the Internet of Things (IOT) – as such, we are committed to putting our new data centers on an aggressive path for efficiency improvement."

Additional Resources

About Equinix
Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), connects more than 4,500 companies directly to their customers and partners inside the world's most networked data centers. Today, businesses leverage the Equinix interconnection platform in 32 strategic markets across the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. www.equinix.com.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc.
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1 http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/en/campaigns/global-warming-and-energy/A-Green-Internet/clickingclean/

2 Cisco's Visual Networking Index Forecast Projects Nearly Half the World's Population Will Be Connected to the Internet by 2017

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