Energy Conservation

Energy-efficient data centres have a smaller impact on the environment and cost less to operate. We address the performance of our data centre portfolio by investing in our operating facilities to improve efficiency and reduce resource consumption.

Energy and resource conservation initiatives:

ProgrammeScopeGoalPerformance
U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings ChallengeReduce non-IT energy consumption20% reduction by 2024 vs. a 2013 baseline17% reduction vs. 2013 baseline
U.K. Climate Change AgreementReduce non-IT energy consumption15% reduction by 2020 vs. a 2011 baseline (Based on a 2.0 PUE baseline)8.7% reduction vs. 2011 baseline
Sustainable Energy Management PlanReduce non-IT energy consumption in Colocation and Connectivity business
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California Water ChallengeReduce potable water use
25% reduction by 2025 vs 2014 baseline...

* As of June 2016

Digital Realty seeks to continually enhance energy efficiency, improve PUE, and deliver a lower total cost of ownership. We utilise ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and ISO 50001 Environmental Management System frameworks to structure our activities, support legislative and regulatory compliance, and reduce emissions and carbon footprint. These efforts include:

  • Auditing existing facilities for operational enhancements
  • Making low and no cost upgrades
  • Investing in capital projects that generate substantial energy, water and cost savings

In 2014, Digital Realty became one of the first data centre providers to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge, a U.S. Department of Energy initiative to reduce power consumption. Our goal is make our buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2024.

Case Study

Digital Realty Sustainability