Hero Certification


Increasing Asset Value through Sustainability

Digital Realty has developed a thorough understanding of how to build resource-efficient and environmentally responsible data centers. Customers rely on us to help them achieve their sustainability goals.

Certifying new construction projects and major renovations is a hallmark of a best-in-class global real estate development business. Sustainable buildings have been shown to deliver increased asset value and lower operating costs as well as significant environmental benefits. Green building certifications are a tool we use to demonstrate to communities, customers, investors, and other stakeholders that our data center development activity is undertaken responsibly to minimize unwanted impacts on the environment. Digital Realty has a goal to certify major new developments and renovations in accordance with recognized green building rating standards.

We have successfully completed sustainable building projects throughout our global portfolio, including many that have been certified to the highest levels.

Since 2007, we have completed more than 75 certifications, covering 10.96 million square feet and more than half of our green building certified projects have received Gold or Platinum-equivalent ratings.

In a growing number of markets, certification is becoming an expected feature for project approval by local authorities. Our data centers are designed to require fewer construction materials to construct while delivering industry-leading PUE (power usage effectiveness) levels—resulting in a smaller carbon footprint when compared to similar data centers.

Additional information about our efforts can be found in our ESG report.

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Awards and Recognition

Our sustainability efforts continue to gain global attention. After all, reducing client operating costs while increasing the number of sustainable, energy-efficient data centers benefits both our customers and the environment.

Our efforts have been recognized by the following organizations.

  • Award for Data Centers | 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

  • EPA Partner of the Year | 2020, 2021

  • Green Lease Leaders Award | 2018, 2020, 2021

  • FTSE4Good Index Series

  • America's Most Just Companies, #1 in Real Estate Sector

  • Outstanding Green Data Center; Crawley, England

  • Asia Pacific Region: Critical Environment Team of the Year

  • Asia Pacific Region: Energy Effciency Improver's Award

  • North America Region: Improved Data Center Efficiency, El Segundo, California

  • Top 100 EPA Green Power Partnership

  • Honorable Mention; Category IV: Industrial Facilities of Processes

  • Cool Planet Award

  • Region VI: First Place; Industrial Facilities

  • Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council

  • Region VI: First Place; Industrial Facilities

  • Best Data Centre Shortlist

  • Data Centre of the Year, Dublin

  • 2018 Sustainability Award

  • America's Safest Companies | 2018

  • NVTC Data Center Community Champion Award | 2019

  • SEIA Solar Means Business

  • EcoVadis Sustainability Rating, Bronze 2020

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