Data centre operator Equinix has announced a new partnership deal with Dublin energy agency Codema, which will explore new ways to reuse waste data centre heat for vital public infrastructure in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin.

A feasibility study will explore how waste heat from Equinix's data centres could be used to support important facilities in the local community, which includes a hospital, university and local aquatics centre.

Equinix said the project is part of its commitment to drive greater energy efficiencies in its own operations, as well as for the wider community in which it operates.

The company has pledged to become climate neutral by 2030 and this target will be achieved partly by innovative projects and initiatives, such as district heating, that will support the circular economy.

District heating delivers low-carbon heat to buildings through a network of insulated underground pipelines. It is fuel agnostic, which helps to drive down heating costs and ensures security of supply.

Equinix has four data centres operating in West Dublin and over the last three years it has managed to reduce its Irish data centre carbon emissions by 16%.

Maurice Mortell, Equinix’s Sustainability Lead in EMEA and Managing Director for Ireland, said the company is relentlessly exploring innovative ways to achieve its commitment o carbon neutrality by 2030.

"Our partnership with Codema will help us to explore new ways in which we can not only work towards our own decarbonisation, but also benefit the community in which we operate and contribute to the circular economy," he said.

"As the world's digital infrastructure company, we are committed to driving steady economic growth while reducing our carbon footprint - and the footprints of the organisations we work with," he added.

Donna Gartland, CEO of Codema, said the company's mission is to lead the low-carbon transition in Dublin.

"One of the ways we have been successfully doing this is by identifying and implementing new innovative solutions to help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels," Donna Gartland said.

"We have enough waste and renewable heat available in Dublin to completely move all buildings away from fossil fuel heating, and working with progressive and ambitious industry stakeholders like Equinix enables us to bring these district heating projects to reality," she added.