Environment

Managing our environmental impact every step of the way

As a global infrastructure provider, we build our own servers and data centers.
We also maintain strong, long-term relationships with our suppliers and the leading technology companies in the ecosystem to optimize our industrialization processes and manage our environmental impact every step of the way.

Our goal is to think and act differently to change the status quo. Our engineers strive to invent the next evolutions of the cloud. At OVHcloud we are aware of the impacts of our activities, this is why we are willing to offer solutions that are not only accessible and affordable but also frugal and low carbon. Every component is carefully selected, every stage of manufacturing is thoroughly processed, and customer needs are taken into account to enable the next generation of services, as sustainably as possible.

 

We work closely with our technology suppliers to address issues of stability, performance, efficiency and durability. As part of this commitment, we are able to describe our overall environmental impact not only in terms of greenhouse gases emissions (GHGs), but also energy, water, waste, and transportation management - all with great precision.

Key environmental indicators

Power Usage Effectiveness

PUE measures datacenter efficiency. Efficient datacenter PUE tends to 1.

Water Usage Effectiveness

WUE measures use of water for datacenter operations.

Carbon Usage Effectiveness

CUE measures carbon intensity of the datacenter.

Renewable Energy Factor

REF measures the rate of renewable energy in our datacenters.

Reused components ratio

This ratio states that for 100 components, 20,9 are refurbished ones.

Reduce our emissions, a key step...

Together with our environmental policy we have ambitious objectives for the coming years. Because we are aware of the environmental impacts of the numeric world, we are committed to reduce these impacts at every stage of our servers lifecycle.

Renewable Energy

Use 100% renewable energy by 2025 (77% in 2020)

 

Lifespan

Extend the lifespan of our servers through refurbished ranges while improving components reuse ratio (20,9% in 2020)

Measure

Monitor our efficiency and share results through international indicators as PUE, WUE, CUE

Freight

Committ to internal low carbon freight

Waste Management

Reach the zero waste to landfill on our production centers by 2030

... towards Carbon Neutrality

However, reducing our impact will not be enough. We go further, to take a step towards net zero emissions. This is put in force with the following key commitments:

Certifications

Get standard certifications such as ISO 50001 (energy management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management)

Carbon Capture

Commit to carbon capture program, equivalent to Scope 1 & 2 by 2025, and to all 3 scopes by 2030, as a step toward NetZero emissions

Customers centric

Enable our customers to get real-time information monitoring on energy impact, for all our cloud services even at the Public Cloud’s virtual machine (VM) level by 2025

Our last reports

271.88 KB pdf
2020-02-01

FY20 Carbon Balance Insights

This document provides extract of our latest carbon balance, for fiscal year 2020.

1.97 MB pdf
2021-05-03

Environmental Policy

This environmental policy aims at writing down what is a core part of OVHcloud DNA: Sustainability

2021: Climate Neutral Data Center Pact

In January 2021, OVHcloud participated in the launch of the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact. Supported by the European Commission since its inception, the Pact is a significant initiative to ensure data centers are climate neutral by 2030.
 
Data center operators and trade associations are committed to the European Green Deal, achieving the ambitious greenhouse gas reductions of the climate law, and leveraging technology and digitalization to make Europe climate neutral by 2050.
To ensure data centers are an integral part of the sustainable future of Europe, operators and trade associations agree to take actions to make them climate neutral by 2030.

VMware Zero Carbon Committed Initiative

OVHcloud is proud to be part of the VMware Zero Carbon Committed initiative. This initiative aims at reducing the carbon footprint of datacenters operations, with efficient & productive use of IT infrastructures as well as using renewable energy power. Through this initiative, OVHcloud is identified as a trusted sustainability partner with aligned decarbonization goals: OVHcloud ensures to lower the impact of its digital operations across the globe.