BNY Mellon's Northpointe Data Center, located north of Pittsburgh, was recently awarded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star award. Northpointe is among the first data centers listed in the EPA’s entire 11,000-plus registry of commercial properties to meet the stringent energy-efficiency specifications designed to promote superior energy use and performance and prevent greenhouse gas emissions.
“It’s by design that our on-going sustainability and energy conservation efforts have resulted in this new and significant data center Energy Star designation as we grow our business in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Chip Logan, managing director, BNY Mellon facilities services and sustainability. “Together with our partners, we’ve implemented a program of continuous improvement that supports our high standards for energy use and even higher regard for the environment.”
A team of professionals from BNY Mellon, Jones Lang LaSalle, H.F. Lenz and Mechanical Operations Company worked collaboratively to reach a level of energy efficiency at the 71,000 square-foot data center, built in 2006, that supports the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability while also reducing operating costs and greenhouse gas emissions associated with electrical usage. The team focused on utility improvements and successfully implemented a variety of solutions so that the center’s critical systems such as the power and cooling supply remain in synch with the workload.
The EPA's national energy performance rating system provides a scale from one to 100 that helps organizations assess how efficiently their buildings use energy relative to other buildings nationwide. Those earning the Energy Star use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings and they also release 35 percent less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Only buildings that score a rating of 75 or higher on the rating scale as verified by engineers are eligible for the Energy Star, indicating that BNY Mellon’s Northpointe data center is more energy efficient than most data centers.
“As one of the first few data centers in the registry, this achievement is even more significant,” said William Stanley, managing director, BNY Mellon Technology Services Group. “Sustainability and smart business decisions are a good match. We’ve adopted new operating solutions to minimize energy use, reducing the overall carbon footprint of this building, that have no impact whatsoever on the company’s critical information technology infrastructure. ”
BNY Mellon is also a member of The Green Grid, a global consortium of IT and related companies and professionals seeking to improve energy efficiency in data centers and business computing environments.
BNY Mellon’s commitment to environmental sustainability extends corporate-wide and since 2007, the global financial services firm has launched a series of successful sustainability initiatives with a driving focus on its owned and controlled properties, as well as new environmental products and services for the markets. According to its 2009 CSR report, more than 61 percent of this portfolio by square footage now carries the Energy Star. In January 2010, the company announced a landmark, five-year investment in renewable energy equivalent to 225 million kilo-watt-hours (kWh) annually, or 75 percent of BNY Mellon’s U.S. electric utility use for the year.