We’re excited to have recently signed on to participate in the Better Buildings Challenge, a White House-led initiative to reduce power consumption recently expanded under the President’s Climate Action Plan. The program, originally announced in 2011, was expanded to include data centers in September 2014.
The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is for commercial buildings to become 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
Digital Realty’s goal is to reduce non-IT load energy consumption by 20 percent across a group of its U.S. properties.
The need to make data centers more efficient According to Datacenter Dynamics, there are nowmore than 3 million data centers in the U.S. alone – one data center for every 100 Americans.
The White House Council on Environmental Quality has estimated that data centers accounted for more than 2 percent of all U.S. electricity consumption in 2013, or about 100 billion kilowatt-hours. Usage doubled just between 2000 and 2005, according to Jonathan Koomey, a leading expert on energy use in data centers and IT.
In a recent press release, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz noted that: “…if all data centers were 20 percent more efficient, the nation could save more than 20 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, which would result in roughly $2 billion in cost savings.”
We recognize that adopting more efficient power usage practices in the data center can have a meaningful positive impact for the environment, our clients, and for Digital Realty.
Three methods to improve energy efficiency
We expect to focus on projects in these three areas:
It’s our goal to provide our clients with data center solutions that deliver industry-leading resource efficiency, increase client value, and a lower cost of ownership.
We look forward to participating in this important energy initiative.
David Schirmacher, SVP Portfolio Operations