New standard framework for sustainability measurement in all data centers

Schneider Electric was named the world’s most sustainable company in 2021.

Now, as the first in the world, the energy company has created a standard that all data centers can freely use to measure their sustainability.

Thus, the data center industry now has five specific focus areas and 23 standards for implementation, measurement, reporting and optimization of their impact on the environment.

Data centers are the backbone of our digital world. But at the same time, they are responsible for up to two percent of the world’s CO2 emissions – which is equivalent to the amount of CO2 that the entire global aviation industry emits. And the trend towards increased digitalisation of our society points in only one direction.

“In Denmark, we are among the best in the world for digitization, but there are also increasing demands on our data centers, which are the lifeblood of any form of digitization. In a few years, it is expected that we will meet a total need for power for data center capacity of as much as + 400MW. With the enormous amounts of energy, it is incredibly important that the data centers make their operation as sustainable as possible at all. Here, the new standard framework will play a crucial role in relation to making it absolutely clear where, how and what to measure and optimize in relation to energy efficiency in the data centers in Denmark and make them more sustainable, ”says Søren Schrøder, Country Sales Director, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric Danmark.

Schneider Electric’s new sustainability standard framework has been developed by the Energy Management Research Center, with expertise from ESG experts, sustainability consultants, data center researchers and architects.

The Energy Management Research Center was established in 2002 and has developed more than 200 vendor-neutral whitepapers and trade-off tools that are available for free to anyone in the industry.

“The data center industry has made significant progress in increasing energy efficiency. However, as digital demands increase, the industry must continue to focus fully on promoting long-term and broader sustainability initiatives, “said Rob Brothers, Program Vice President of the Datacenter and Support Services Program at IDC (International Data Corporation). can not change anything you do not measure. Therefore, companies must establish a clear and standardized framework to measure from, which takes into account not only efficient technology, but also consumption, or the potential destruction of natural resources, such as water, land and biodiversity. ”

A new driving force for sustainable strategies

Increasing pressure from investors, supervisors, shareholders, customers and employees has helped to create an increased need for better reporting on the environmental impact of data center operations. However, many data center operators have lacked expertise in sustainability and have thus been faced with an almost unmanageable task in terms of figuring out which measurements to follow and which strategies to implement.

Schneider Electric works with leading technology companies and colocation providers to design, build, operate and maintain facilities and buildings. Schneider Electric is the only digital partner that offers solutions for electricity, buildings, IT and sustainable aspects of the company.

At the Danish Data Center’s Denmark conference on 17 May, Søren Schrøder, Country Sales Director, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric Denmark presents the new sustainability standard framework: Building and operating data centers for a sustainable tomorrow.

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