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.

We have successfully completed sustainable building projects throughout our global portfolio, including many that have been certified to the highest levels. We are committed to seeking certification on new development projects in accordance with recognized regional and global standards.

Between 2007 and 2017, more than half of our 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. Our current standards have delivered data centers with design PUEs as low as 1.12.


57 Certifications as of June 2018

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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.

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