Vertical Bridge, the country’s largest private owner of communications infrastructure and an edge data center provider, has announced that it achieved carbon neutrality for the third year. Beginning in 2020, the Company started a comprehensive examination of its environmental impact, which culminated in the first CarbonNeutral Certification that year and subsequent re-certification in 2021.
Vertical Bridge, for example, has upgraded its generators and air conditioning systems to newer, more efficient versions with lower emissions. It also converted to LED lighting across its tower portfolio, which saves energy and lowers maintenance expenses. The company’s Custom Nanogrid Solutions also use solar, wind turbine, and battery technologies to provide onsite power to towers.
Vertical Bridge is also involved in initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases, concentrating on nature-based climate change solutions and recovery. As analysts expect climate change to affect at least 85 percent of the world’s population, this is a crucial way to help protect people and property from its detrimental effects.
For example, Vertical Bridge supports Mississippi Valley Reforestation, which reforests over 2.4 million acres of native woodland. It also supports Darkwoods Forest Conservation, which protects 156,000 acres of boreal forests in British Columbia, Canada. The firm also focuses on wind power projects in Mexico and many worldwide green initiatives.
The firm partnered with the South Florida Audubon Society in April for a coastal restoration project. It gave $10,000 to the organization to help it continue its mission in South Florida.
“Carbon neutrality is vitally important, but we have extended our focus to include active pursuit of a variety of projects across our operations that reduce our impact on the environment and our electricity consumption,” said CEO and co-founder, Alex Gellman.
Natural Capital Partners, an independent consultant and leading expert on carbon neutrality and climate finance, worked with Vertical Bridge to thoroughly assess its emissions and carbon footprint. They looked at direct emissions from towers and communications infrastructure in its portfolio, offices, business travel, HVAC, material transportation, and other aspects of its business under The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
The analysis showed that Vertical Bridge and its mobile carrier tenants and partners would benefit from utility cost savings by finding innovative energy-saving solutions. In addition, reduced electricity consumption reduces stress on the power grid and hardens the tower infrastructure against outages and disruptions. As edge computing and 5G become increasingly important, the need for carbon-neutral data centers will only grow.
“U.S. carriers and other telecommunications entities are working to reduce their environmental impacts as well as the impact of entities in their value chain, and Vertical Bridge is focused on being a partner in this journey,” said Gellman. “Environmentally conscious initiatives have been a core part of our daily operations since our founding in 2014. We are committed to remaining an industry leader.”
Reducing emissions is not only good for the environment, but it also makes good business sense. As utility costs continue to rise, finding ways to reduce electricity consumption can lead to significant savings. It also helps to reduce stress on the power grid and make infrastructure more resilient to outages and disruptions.
As edge computing continues to generate more and more data, tech organizations must manage this data in a way that does not strain the environment. The CarbonNeutral Protocol provides a comprehensive and internationally recognized method for calculating, reducing, and offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. In turn, companies can be sure they are taking the appropriate steps to mitigate their impact. This is a positive move by Vertical Bridge, and hopefully, more companies will follow suit.
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