Launched in 1998 as a multitenant data center operator, Equinix\u2019s founding goal to provide the ironclad, high-performance facilities that innovative organizations need remains just as applicable today. Even the company\u2019s name reflects its focus on EQUality, Neutrality, and Internet EXchange.\nToday the company\u2019s centers connect enterprises, networks, and services worldwide. Its customers include leaders in a diverse array of industries, including finance, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and transportation. These organizations rely on Equinix\u2019s rich ecosystem of cloud solutions and services\u2013 as the foundation of their businesses. Connecting digital infrastructure and services on demand with secure, software-defined interconnections that draw on the power of the VMware stack, Equinix makes it possible for partners and providers to connect easily and securely anywhere in the world.\nPerhaps not surprisingly, Equinix\u2019s pursuit of service excellence is matched with an equally vibrant effort to achieve its sustainability goals. A pioneering partner in VMware\u2019s Zero Carbon Committed Initiative, the company at the forefront of a growing effort among the operators of the world\u2019s most advanced data centers to significantly lower their carbon footprint. \u00a0\u00a0In addition, Equinix is an strategic partner with VMware Cloud and Networking Business Units to advance high performance, low latency network connections for enterprise\u2019 hybrid multicloud architectures and deliver global scale for Secure Access Service Edge (\u2018SASE\u2019).\nWe recently caught up with Steve Steinhilber, vice president of business development at Equinix, to learn more about its efforts to safeguard the environment and achieve the transition to zero carbon clouds by 2030. We also learned why Equinix sees its commitment to its environmental, social, and governance initiatives as a cornerstone of its business development efforts and plans for growth.\n\u201cWe believe in building a better future and that today\u2019s actions impact our collective future,\u201d says Steinhilber. \u201cEquinix can play a positive role in protecting our environment and our climate. Our recent announcement to become climate neutral by 2030 builds on our previous pledge to reach 100% renewable energy. Since our renewable energy goal was set in 2015, we have been actively working toward the reduction of carbon emissions globally and increasing the impact of our procurement of renewable energy.\u201d\nHe notes that change will not occur overnight.\n\u201cPower markets are complex and change is regrettably happening more slowly than the world needs,\u201d says Steinhilber. \u201cThe transformation of economies to lower carbon business models will only happen through concerted efforts and critical partnerships. Working with a high-impact partner such as VMware to achieve these goals exponentially elevates our impact and will collectively accelerate this transition to a zero-carbon world.\u201d\nFollowing a \u2018Future First\u2019 sustainability strategy\u00a0 \nSteinhilber says Equinix follows a \u201cFuture First\u201d sustainability strategy in which the company and its partners envision a better future and then do what it takes to make that happen.\n\u201cThe impact that today\u2019s actions can have on tomorrow is top of mind in everything we do,\u201d he adds. \u201cAs the leader in our industry, and one with a significant presence around the world, we have a responsibility to harness the power of technology to create a more accessible, equitable, and sustainable future. Through our platform, our purpose is to create the innovations that enrich how people work, their lives, and our planet.\u201d\nSince 2011, Equinix has invested more than $130 million in energy-efficiency initiatives, and today more than 90% of the energy it uses for its data centers is clean and renewable, adds Steinhilber.\n\u201cIt was evident early on that we needed to manage the efficiency of our energy use both to minimize our operational costs and to ensure that the source of our power was as green as possible,\u201d he says. \u201cMost importantly, it was the right thing to do to manage resources and address climate concerns.\u201d\nThe impact of this can be seen in the company\u2019s newest data center in San Jose. SV11, opened on June 30, was built from the ground up with reliability, efficiency, and renewable energy in mind. It is the first Equinix facility to use a 20 megawatt Bloom Energy fuel cell system as its primary source of power, with the electric utility grid and generators serving as backup sources of power.\nCurrently 180 of Equinix\u2019s data centers are covered by 100% renewable energy. Some of the many sources of power include wind-farms in Oklahoma and Texas, renewable energy certificates and local clean energy and low-carbon programs in the U.S. and Brazil, certified green power from suppliers in Europe, and international certificates from renewable energy projects in China, Japan, and Vietnam.\n\u201cFuture First means constantly envisioning a better future and doing whatever it takes \u2013 innovation, investment, research \u2013 to make that better future happen. That\u2019s really the core of our sustainability beliefs here at Equinix,\u201d says Steinhilber. \u201cIn a world threatened by climate change and resource scarcity, we seize every opportunity to build a future where the planet is healthy, our global communities thrive, and every business leads with integrity.\u201d\nLearn more about Equinix and its partnership with VMware here.