Zero to Landfill: CyrusOne Reduces, Re-uses, Recycles and Reimagines Datacloud Global Congress 2022
Rebecca Wall-Morris, Regional Marketing Director – Europe at CyrusOne
Datacloud Global Congress returned to sunny Monaco for an in-person reunion in April earlier this year, and we were delighted to be a diamond sponsor, speaker and exhibitor after an almost two year face-to-face event hiatus.
The conference was packed with some of the world’s brightest and most innovative talent in the data center, cloud, edge, digital infrastructure and AI industries, and it was a pleasure to come together for networking, thought leadership and big thinking on the most important topics impacting data centers.
In keeping with our approach to sustainability, we were thrilled to unveil our ‘zero to landfill’ lounge and exhibit which showcased furniture made from 100% recyclable and ecological cardboard. The pioneering design created lightweight yet strong and durable sustainable furniture which was transported flat, assembled in minutes on site using a folding design and eliminated the need for chemical adhesives. Furthermore, it allowed the items to be easily dismantled without damage, repacked flat and dispatched to the next event; or indeed recycled along with other waste from the event when an item had reached its end of life.
The environment is central to everything we do at CyrusOne – we are a proud founder of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, and our very own EVP and Managing Director Matt Pullen, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the pact, spoke on the main stage about the importance of our industry taking action on climate change and key sustainability initiatives for 2022 and beyond.
The innovative stand also recognised CyrusOne’s commitment to the Infrastructure Masons Climate Accord, a coalition launched at the event to unite the digital infrastructure sector on carbon reduction with the objective of global carbon accounting and driving the industry to achieve carbon neutrality.
We brought the stand to life – literally – with flowering plants ideal for pollinators which were purchased locally and did even manage to tempt a butterfly in to settle. All plants were rehomed after the event with local families through a charity and food bank in Monaco, MAP.
At data centers like our Dublin I Grange Castle location in Ireland, you’ll find native species of pollinating plants established all around the facility. Creating biodiverse habitats that allow nature to thrive alongside digital infrastructure is so important to us; at the Dublin I site alone we have planted over 1,400 native trees, 11,000 saplings, 2,500 square meters of wildflowering meadow and established a large and thriving biodiverse wetland area. It is truly a sight to behold, so we were beyond proud when it was announced at the Datacloud Global Awards Ceremony on the opening evening that CyrusOne had won the Data Center Sustainable Construction Award 2022 for the work we have done at this very Data Center in Ireland.
Finally, inspired by the honey bees we rescued and rehomed at our data center in Amsterdam during the global pandemic, we utilized a honeycomb design to create the durable walls around our lounge and were thrilled to finally have our first batch of CyrusOne honey ready to gift to our customers and partners.
Datacloud Global Congress 2022 was undoubtedly a success, and we are already looking forward to the next event – more to come soon!
To learn more about CyrusOne’s sustainability efforts, read our Sustainability Report here.