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 certified more than 12.9 million square feet and more than half of our green building certified projects have received Gold or Platinum-equivalent ratings. In 2021, we surpassed 1 GW-IT of green building certifications.
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, 2021
EPA Partner of the Year | 2020, 2021, 2022
Green Lease Leaders Award | 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022
Top 100 EPA Green Power Partnership
FTSE4Good Index Series
America’s Most Just Companies, Top 100
EcoVadis Sustainability Rating, Gold 2021
Carbon Champion Award, Marseille River Cooling Project
GRESB, 1st in Technology/Sciences sector