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Verne Global to speak at Sustainable Innovation Expo in Nairobi, Kenya

Tate Cantrell, CTO, to present ways environmental policy should link to the information age at Climate Action event in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme

KEFLAVIK, Iceland, Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Who:

Verne Global, UK-based developer of power conscious data centre campuses



What:

The Sustainable Innovation Expo 2013*, by Climate Action in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme



Where:

The United Nations Environment Programme HQ, Nairobi, Kenya



When:

February 20 – 22, 2013

Verne Global, a UK-based developer of power conscious data centre campuses is to speak at the Sustainable Innovation Expo 2013, to be held by Climate Action at The United Nations Environment Programme HQ, Nairobi, Kenya, 20-22 February 2013.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20111005/CL80535LOGO )

The Expo will run alongside the First Universal Session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme and showcases innovative technologies from private sector organisations.  These include products that mitigate and adapt to climate change, use natural resources more efficiently, harness sustainable energy and reduce pollution.  The organisations will exhibit technologies that can assist governments and their citizens in progressing to more sustainable communities, infrastructures and economies.

At this year's Expo, Verne Global will be one of only three private organisations leading workshops, along with Oracle and General Electric. Tate Cantrell, CTO of Verne Global, who will be running Verne Global's session, will discuss the leadership role the IT industry has in supporting global policies on sustainability.

"Governments, private companies and public organisations of all sizes are generating exponential amounts of data – and the data centres needed to support this growth are using increasing and often unsustainable amounts of energy.  We want to help organisations understand that their data centre energy use does not have to harm the environment," said Cantrell.  "Our mission is to develop and operate data centres in optimised geographic areas that offer organisations 100% renewable power without a price premium.  We're very excited to be involved in such a prestigious event and look forward to working together with UNEP members to take advantage of renewable energy to power their IT."

Verne Global's flagship data centre, located on the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland, is the world's first carbon neutral facility and the only data centre that uses primary electricity generated entirely by renewable power, both geothermal and hydroelectric. Recognised at Rio+20 as a top sustainable solution by the Sustainia Awards, a body run by high-profile political figures including Arnold Schwarzenegger and European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard, Verne Global provides the blueprint for how the industry can support unprecedented demand while mitigating damage to the environment.

* http://www.climateactionprogramme.org/GMEF_2013/

About Verne Global
Verne Global is developing the data centre industry's first carbon neutral data centre campus. Verne's mission is to develop data centres in optimised 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 Centre in Keflavik, Iceland.  With Iceland's favourable 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 http://verneglobal.com.

Verne Global has produced an animation illustrating how it helps organisations to support growing data centre demands, while mitigating damage to the environment: http://youtu.be/vBRStNUyIA4.

SOURCE Verne Global

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