Schneider Electric has released a comprehensive novel framework for environmentally sustainable data centres. The industry-first framework proposes five areas of environmental impact inclusive of key metrics for data centre operators in various stages of their sustainability journeys. By leveraging the framework, operators can mitigate the impact data centres have on the environment.
Data centres are the backbone of today’s digital world. They are also responsible for up to 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, equivalent to that of the airline industry. To contend with an increase in digital bandwidth and IT-sector electricity demand, the industry demands a holistic and standardised approach to environmental sustainability.
Pankaj Sharma, Executive Vice President, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric, says: “Environmental sustainability reporting is a growing focus for many data centre operators. Yet, the industry lacks a standardised approach for implementing, measuring, and reporting on environmental impact. Schneider Electric developed a holistic framework with standardised metrics to guide operators and the industry at large. Our intention with this framework is to improve benchmarking and progress toward environmental sustainability to protect natural resources for future generations.”
“The data centre industry has made significant progress in increasing energy efficiency; however, as digital demands increase they must remain committed to driving long-term broader sustainability initiatives,” comments Rob Brothers, Program Vice President for the Data Centre and Support Services Program at IDC. You can’t have an impact on what you don’t measure; therefore, companies must establish clear and consistent metrics that account for not only efficient technology, but also the consumption (or possible destruction) of natural resources such as water, land and biodiversity.”
Mounting pressures from investors,
regulators, shareholders, customers, and employees also drive the need for
improved environmental-impact reporting in data centre operations. However,
many data centre operators lack sustainability expertise and face a daunting
task of determining what metrics to track and strategies to implement.
Schneider Electric’s framework was developed by its Energy Management Research
Centre leveraging expertise from ESG experts, sustainability consultants, data
centre scientists, and data centre solution architects to take the guesswork
out of measurement and reporting. The Energy Management Research Centre was
established in 2002 and has developed more than 200 vendor-neutral whitepapers
and trade-off tools available for free to the industry.
Data centre sustainability metrics drive sustainability strategy
Tracking and reporting on standardised
sustainability metrics helps drive internal team alignment improvements and
increases transparency for external stakeholders, including customers and
regulators. Implementing this framework also allows data centre operators to:
- Remove the
difficulty of selecting impactful metrics for tracking
communication and alignment with internal teams on sustainability objectives
- Act on the data
to improve operations
- Enable regular
and consistent reporting for external stakeholders (investors, regulators,
potential employees, etc.
benchmarking across industry peers around the globe
Schneider Electric works with leading
technology companies and colocation providers to design, build, operate, and
maintain facilities. It is the only digital partner that offers solutions for
power, building, IT, and sustainability facets of the business.
To learn more about the framework and enable your sustainable growth, download the Guide to Sustainability Metrics for Data Centres, today.