Equinix’s 5th Data Center in Singapore Puts Sustainability First

The opening of SG5 deepens Equinix’s commitment to Singapore’s national sustainability agenda

Yee May Leong
Equinix’s 5th Data Center in Singapore Puts Sustainability First

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) has now become a priority for many organizations. In fact, organizations that integrate sustainability principles into their business values have the power to better engage customers, enhance its operations and foster company longevity to its bottom line.

As a Fortune 500 company with over 220 IBX data centers globally, Equinix has a responsibility to connect and support local communities, and power the world in a sustainable manner. From employees, customers, to partners, Equinix places strong emphasis on diversity, inclusion and belonging (DIB) to create an environment where everyone can say “I’m safe, I belong, and I matter”. As a result, we will not only create an inclusive culture that addresses the needs of our stakeholders, but also will attract the best talent.

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In Singapore, Equinix has embarked on a series of local Community and Environmental activities to raise awareness on the importance of giving back to our society. Led by our WeAreEquinix team, a local employee volunteer group that creates and promotes purpose, belonging, service, sustainability and fun activities, these initiatives focus on three areas: Sustainability projects, Community Development, and Greenspace Projects.

  • Sustainability projects: Working closely with the Singapore Environmental Council, Equinix procured and sponsored two Reverse Vending Machines (RVMs) to be placed within two local Universities to encourage students to recycle their plastic bottles and aluminum cans. This project commenced in April 2021 and aimed to generate awareness and incite actions amongst students to reduce, reuse and recycle. For each can and bottle deposited at the RVMs, a monetary contribution was made to each university student’s support program to help needy students. This is in line with National Environment Agency’s initiative of Recycle N Save to encourage recycling for intrinsic environmental suitability reasons.
  • Community Development: We have also lined up a series of events in Singapore aimed at giving back to the community. The Singapore team has geared up for a charity auction to raise funds for a local charitable organization. We are also volunteering time to help at Willing Hearts, a local secular, non-affiliated charity organization that runs a soup kitchen that distributes free meals to the needy and elderly. I am confident that we will meet our target to prepare a total of 9,000 meals for the needy in the coming weeks, and I look forward to contributing our time to support those in need.
  • Greenspace Projects: Our team has participated in community tree-planting initiatives to green industrial estates and business parks. This is part of Singapore’s ‘One Million Trees’ movement, which aims to restore nature back into our city through the planting of more than a million trees across Singapore over the next 10 years. Equinix is also proud to have donated and sponsored 20 trees to the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ ‘Trees of the World’ initiative last year.

As Singapore sets out to achieve its goals in the Singapore Green Plan 2030, Equinix is also doing its part to put the ‘E’ in ESG into action. The newly opened SG5 data center in Singapore features a slew of green features, designed with high energy efficiency standards. Just as all Equinix’s data centers in Singapore are certified to meet rigorous environmental and energy management standards, SG5 is on schedule to meet the BCA-IMDA Green Mark and LEED certification.

These steps taken to ensure energy efficiency not only reflect our support for the Singapore sustainability agenda, but also contribute to our goal of achieving climate neutrality globally by 2030 and setting science-based targets that align with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Take a look at how SG5 matches up to this new green standard, and advances Singapore’s Smart Nation and Green Plan 2030 goal by supporting the digital transformation of the private and public sectors with sustainability in mind.

Security Area

Reception Area

Customer Area

Network Operations Center

Conference Room


Data Hall

Cool Array

Water Cooled Chiller

Emergency Main Switch Board (EMSB)