Verne Global Honored as a Top Sustainable Solution at Rio+20

Jun 21, 2012, 05:00 ET from Verne Global

KEFLAVIK, Iceland and RIO DE JANERIO, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- (Rio+ 20) – Last night, sustainability legend Gro Harlem Brundtland, media guru and philanthropist Ted Turner, EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, and 150 VIP guests celebrated the first concrete outcome at Rio+20: The launch of Sustainia100. Verne Global, an innovative, UK-based developer of power conscious data center campuses, is proud to announce that the company has been chosen for this prestigious list of solutions.


Verne Global develops data centers in optimized geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Verne Global's first data center campus, located in Keflavik, Iceland, is 100% powered by renewable energy, dual-sourced between geothermal and hydroelectric, and is 100% carbon-neutral. This enables companies which store their data at Verne's site to reduce costs and cut down their carbon footprint – an increasingly important point across all corporate agendas. The site is connected to Europe and the United States with multiple high-speed cables, providing connectivity for businesses of all sizes across many industries.

"We're honored to be named one of the world's top sustainable solutions by an organization as prestigious as Sustainia," said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne Global. "We estalished Verne Global in 2007 to tackle rising sustainability concerns over carbon emissions associated with power usage by data centers – some of the highest consumers of power in the world – and this honor clearly validates Verne's achievements. We're proud to be playing a part in the global movement towards embracing the true value of sustainable solutions and renewable energy, and Verne's growing success proves that renewable power sources are the only way to reduce the carbon output of high power consumers like data centers while still guaranteeing sustainability."

Gathered from 56 countries spread over six continents, Sustainia100 is a complete guide to innovative and scalable solutions instrumental in creating sustainable societies. Building on ready and available solutions only, Sustainia100 is as a tangible tool for sustainability professionals – from politicians to CEOs- dedicated to create desirable and sustainable societies.

"I am very excited and inspired by this as it makes it absolutely clear that our mission is possible. That we do have the ammunition we need to tackle this challenge. That we have what it takes to create fun and attractive societies without destroying our planet," said Arnold Schwarzenegger, Honorary Chair of Sustainia. "Sustainia is my kind of world: A desirable place where we live life to the fullest, without damaging the only planet we have."

Individually, the solutions represent sustainable innovation in areas such as city planning, energy, fashion, water and waste management, high-tech and transportation. Collectively, they provide a guide of the building blocks available for transforming our societies.

Sustainia100 is a cornerstone in Sustainia. A construction site for the desirable society we could live in if we implemented ready and available solutions. Developed by world-leading companies, organizations and experts in close collaboration with UN Global Compact and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's initiative Regions20, Sustainia is the first holistic introduction to the attractive sustainable future.

Sustainia100 solutions are nominees for the Sustainia Award, which honors outstanding performance within sustainability. The winner will be announced at a ceremony later this year in Copenhagen.      

About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data center industry's first carbon neutral data center campus.  Verne's mission is to develop data centers in optimized geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium.  Currently in the first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on the former NATO Command Center in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland's favorable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone.  For more information, please visit

Further resources
Download / read "Sustainia100" here. Visit Sustainia's website at or or

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