Holcim and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are working together to make AWS data centers in the US more sustainable. The partnership follows AWS’s new design standards, which requires that its new US data centers use concrete with 20% lower embodied carbon versus standard concrete. Holcim delivered a tailor-made ECOPact mix that doubled that ambition, decreasing embodied carbon by nearly 40%.
As innovation leaders of their respective industries, Holcim and Amazon Web Services, along with HITT Contracting and Baker Concrete Construction, prioritized the collaboration of engineers, architects, developers and builders early in the planning. Holcim and AWS are looking for ways to further improve CO2 savings on future projects, especially as the new AWS design standards go global.
"As part of The Climate Pledge, Amazon is committed to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040 – 10 years ahead of the Paris Agreement," said Gurmeet Sethi, AMER Head of AWS Data Center Procurement. "To help meet that commitment, AWS is focused on continuous sustainability-related innovation across our global infrastructure, and forging industry collaborations with companies like Holcim is one way we can do that. This will both allow AWS to further reduce carbon emissions associated with building of our data centers and create new opportunities to build infrastructure more sustainably across the region."