• Americas

      Count on quality and consistent customer services across more than 290 data centers in North and South America.

    • EMEA

      Harness cloud and carrier-neutral data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions across Europe and Africa.

    • Customer Stories

      • XTREME-D

        Find out how XTREME-D was able to meet its objectives and has positioned itself for further growth by partnering with Digital Realty and leveraging PlatformDIGITAL®.

        Keep Reading
      • Telefónica UK

        See how they leveraged PlatformDIGITAL™ Data Hub to localise data aggregation, staging, analytics, streaming and data management to optimise data exchange and maintain data compliance.

        Keep Reading
      • Criteo

        By partnering with a company like Digital Realty, Criteo has somebody who can work with them to ensure they move a long way towards their sustainability goals

        Keep Reading
      • Join Digital

        With increasing demand for a turnkey experience, Join™ helps their customers brings the built and digital worlds together with the essential Network-as-a-Service and IT-as-a-Service offerings for Smart Buildings and Smart Workplaces.

        Keep Reading
      • AIB

        AIB, Inc., a leading data exchange and management firm serving over 1600 automotive customers, sought to diversify their cloud portfolio to realize reduced latency, increased availability, and harden security posture.

        Keep Reading
    • Data Gravity Insights Hub

      Click to learn more

    • Investor Relations

      Digital Realty owns, acquires, develops and operates data centers. The company is focused on providing data center, colocation and interconnection solutions for domestic and international customers.

    • NYSE: DLR

      $154.93

      +0.47 (+0.30%)
      * Previous Day's Close
    • Investor Relations
    • Leadership
— Blog

3 Ways Digital Realty Is Taking Steps Towards Sustainability and Being Recognized for It

Aaron Binkley, Director of Sustainability
December 19, 2016

It’s no myth that data centers are large energy consumers, which is why it is imperative for industry leaders to take steps towards implementing renewable energy practices. At Digital Realty, we are thoroughly committed to meeting our sustainability goals and managing our environmental impact. As such, we’re extremely pleased to announce a number of points of industry recognition of our progress on that commitment in the last two months.

First, we placed well the rankings of members the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership, coming in at number 18 in the National Top 100 Partners list, as well as number six in Tech and Telecom. The National Top 100 list represents the largest green power users within the Green Power Partnership, while the Top 30 Tech & Telecom list represents the largest green power users among technology and telecommunications partners.

Second, I was honored to have been selected for the People’s Choice Awards as part of the 2016 BOLD Awards at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Los Angeles in September. The BOLD Awards recognize Building Optimizers, Leaders and Disruptors who are utilizing technology to contribute impactful innovations to commercial real estate.

Third, just last week, we have been named a Top Socially Responsible Dividend Stock by Dividend Channel, signifying a stock with above-average “DividendRank” statistics including a strong 4.0% yield, as well as being recognized by prominent asset managers as being a socially responsible investment through analysis of social and environmental criteria. I’m inspired to be a part of a team which is leading the field in applying innovation and creativity to help solve sustainability challenges. These recognitions are a great reflection on the success of a number of sustainability efforts initiated here at Digital Realty in the last year:

1. Powering data centers with wind

Recognizing the growing demand for renewably powered data centers, Digital Realty has entered into a clean energy agreement with E.ON Climate and Renewables. With this agreement in place, we will receive approximately 400,000 megawatt-hours of wind power annually, officially offsetting 100 percent of our U.S. colocation and interconnection business energy usage. Additionally, this reduces our carbon footprint by approximately 275,000 metric tons per year.

2. Investing in sustainable development

We posted our Green Bond Use-of-Proceeds Statement, which details some of our investments in industry-leading sustainable data center development. Digital Realty has committed approximately $493M to projects certified under LEED, BREEAM and CEEDA sustainable rating standards.

3. Saving water with cooling technology

By partnering with Emerson Network Power, we received approval from the California Energy Commission to utilize pumped-refrigerant economization to cool our data centers in California. By using this tactic, we cut electric usage by 16 percent and saved close to four million gallons of water annually.

We realize there’s still work to be done in moving towards becoming more sustainable and utilizing innovative uses of green power. This isn’t an overnight process. However, we hope that other corporations, our partners and customers among them, will be inspired to take action and scale up their conservation efforts in the same, if not better, manner. We look forward to updating you with other successful initiatives soon.

Share