Vertiv & Telefónica Collaborate to Boost Energy Efficiency

Vertiv & Telefónica collaborate to launch Energy Savings as a Service, embedding sustainability into the infrastructure of leading telecommunications

Vertiv brings together hardware, software, analytics and ongoing services to enable its customers’ vital applications to run continuously, perform optimally and grow with their business needs, solving the most important challenges facing today’s data centres, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. The global technology company is headquartered in Ohio, US, and does business in more than 130 countries.

Vertiv is extending its collaboration with Telefónica, one of the world's leading telecommunications service providers that offers fixed and mobile connectivity services, as well as a wide range of digital services to the individuals and businesses that make up the company’s more than 384 million customers.

The collaboration aims to improve energy efficiency — Telefónica expects to save around 45 GWh per annum within three years, equivalent to the energy consumption of about 13,000 homes in Spain. 

"Vertiv is an experienced partner that knows our infrastructure very well, so it is the right company to take on this innovative project”, comments Enrique Blanco, Global CTIO at Telefónica. 

“The initiative will help us meet our energy and emissions targets: to improve our energy efficiency with the goal of reducing the energy consumption per unit of traffic (MWh/PB) indicator by 90% by 2025, to reduce scope 1+2 emissions by 90% by 2030, and to be a net zero emissions company by 2040 across the entire value chain. 

“We are aware that the best kilowatt is the one we do not consume. We don't want to stop here, so we will extend this successful project to as many locations as possible."

Infrastructure designed to be efficient 

The collaboration’s innovative model Energy Savings as a Service (ESaaS) is based around an experienced technology manufacturer partner to invest, operate and maintain the critical infrastructure. Vertiv’s upgrades on Telefónica’s most important facilities will reduce energy consumption, manage performance and maintenance and reduce emissions. 

Vertiv and Telefónica's agreement includes an innovative model. The main objective is to reduce the energy consumed and therefore the carbon footprint. In this case, Vertiv is providing a turnkey solution, upgrading with efficient critical infrastructure services, and managing their performance and maintenance. 

“This project has many challenges, one of which is ensuring specialised maintenance of the infrastructure,” says Pablo Ledesma, director of Network, Services and IT Engineering and Operations at Telefónica Spain. 

“It also brings many benefits, allowing us to have the most advanced cutting-edge technology to enable the implementation of services in the cloud and edge. As part of the project, we also want to improve the air conditioning systems throughout the technical telecoms sites that provide Telefónica services to our customers, such as fibre or mobile networks, to achieve maximum energy savings."

"In addition to the benefit of carbon footprint reduction, this model also has a positive financial impact,” shares Karsten Winther, president for Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“Telefónica expects to reduce both energy costs and its carbon footprint by engaging Vertiv to focus on optimisation and allowing Telefónica to invest 100% of its resources in its core business.

"This pioneering model has been successfully implemented in collaboration with Telefónica and is replicable in other sites and countries so other organisations can benefit from more efficiency and cost savings. This puts Vertiv in a great position to help companies reduce their energy consumption by providing state-of-the-art critical infrastructure, technology and experienced talent.”


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