Equinix has today opened its new International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data center located in Aschheim near Munich, Germany.

Codenamed MU4, the new data center is expected to be powered by 100% renewable energy, purchased through a green power certificate from local supplier, Mainova. Also as part of Equinix’s global sustainability strategy which aims for climate-neutral operation by 2030, MU4 is designed to have a green facade and partially planted roof to act as additional natural insulation and cooling.

Having invested about US$90 million in the new Munich data center building to date, the first phase of MU4 provides about 2,250 square meters of colocation space and 825 cabinets capacity.

“We provide companies in Munich with the most dynamic digital infrastructure platform available, and want it to be as climate-friendly as feasible. As the first operator in the industry to commit to science-based climate targets, we continuously explore and invest in new climate friendly technologies to further reduce emissions and save resources,” said Jens-Peter Feidner, Managing Director for Germany at Equinix.

“On a local level, we are committed to working with operators, political decision-makers, and energy providers to target the long-term challenges of sustainable digitization to the benefit of the surrounding community. This includes design aspects such as the use of greened facades as well as potential measures supporting the energy transition like the use of waste heat.”

The new facility joins Equinix’s operational data centers in the Munich area, MU1 and MU3, and further expands the company’s footprint in Germany where it operates 12 data centers across Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Hamburg, having invested over US$1.6 billion in the country so far.

“As one of Europe’s major automotive, manufacturing and tech hubs, Munich is home to some of the world’s most innovative businesses. This makes it a key strategic location for us to invest and grow in. We are proud to start the year with the continued expansion of our German footprint, and look forward to supporting more businesses in Munich as they accelerate their transformation with a powerful and sustainable digital infrastructure,” said Eugene Bergen Henegouwen, President, EMEA, Equinix.

As part of the company’s European expansion, Equinix recently announced the development of its tenth data center facility in Paris, France.