Digital Realty seeks to lead the global data center industry in sustainable environmental performance. We are committed to ongoing efforts that benefit the environment and meet the needs of our customers while also strengthening our business.
This report contains data and information valid as of December 31, 2018.
Nareit Leader in the Light Award Winner, Data Center Sector
Top 10 on the EPA Green Power Partnership’s Tech and Telecom List
Green Lease Leader Award from the Institute for Market Transformation
Sustainability Award from Business Intelligence Group
GRESB “Green Star” Ranking
America’s Safest Companies from EHS Today
Memberships and Associations
ASHRAE technical working groups
BS EN 50600 Technical Committee
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (Nareit)
Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)
Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)
Rocky Mountain Institute Business Renewables Center (BRC)
techUK’s Data Centre Council
US Green Building Council (USGBC
Alignment with Industry Best Practices and Voluntary Disclosures
BOMA Waste and Water (W2) Challenge
BSR Future of Internet Power Documentation Requirements for Supplier Procured Renewable Energy
Energy Efficiency Ratings: US EPA ENERGY STAR Certification
EU Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB)
Green building rating and certification systems
ISO, OHSAS, and other management frameworks
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
UK Climate Change Agreement Scheme (CCA)
US Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge for Data Center
OPERATIONAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE RESILIENCE
Our customers trust our ability to provide resilient and secure data center solutions. In addition to day-to-day reliability and uptime, our data centers are expected to withstand short-term extreme weather events as well as the long-term impacts of climate change.
Resilience to Climate Change Events: Digital Realty maintained 100% uptime throughout severe weather events including Hurricane Harvey, Superstorm Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed. Risks are assessed from construction or acquisition and throughout each property’s life-cycle, sensitivity analyses and stress testing are performed, appropriate levels of insurance for each asset are attained, and operational risk management procedures measures are implemented at each site.
Physical Security: We operate under defense-in-depth security consisting of multiple physical barriers, local security infrastructure and technology enhanced by centralized monitoring supported and enabled by on-site security professionals and process controls. Emergency Response and Business Continuity Plans that address risks, identify Crisis Management teams and outline operational and communications protocols in the event of an emergency are kept at all data centers and reviewed and tested on an annual basis.
Data Privacy & Cybersecurity: Our Information Security team addresses advance threats, intelligence correlation and enrichment, active threat hunting and adversary take-downs. Our strategy focuses on protecting company assets and customer privacy with built-in security, zero trust and automation as guiding principles.
Digital Realty recognizes the importance of delivering sustainable solutions while managing the life-cycle environmental impacts of its data center portfolio from design and construction and throughout each site's operational lifetime.
1.0 million square feet new green building certifications in 2018
552 MW (7.1 million square feet) cumulative green building certifications, more than any other data center provider
23% of global portfolio receiving one or more green building certifications
100% carbon-free and renewable power supplied to two Northern California properties
100% data coverage for 2018 energy metrics. Data included properties where Digital Realty has operational control. Includes utility grid mixes, renewable energy credits from PPAs and green tariffs.
Total Energy Consumption
Total Energy Consumption from Renewable Sources
Total Energy Consumption by Fuel Type
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions
Scope 1 Emissions
Location-Based Scope 2 Emissions
Market-Based Scope 2 Emissions
Scope 3 Emissions
40 energy efficiency projects completed in 2018, annual energy savings of 19,100 MWh per year, enough to power 2,400 US homes per year
24 data centers received US EPA ENERGY STAR Certification in 2018 (35% of US data center portfolio), saving 720,000 MWh annually, enough to power 80,000 US homes per year
Water and Waste:
35% of water needs supplied by reclaimed water
1 billion gallons of water avoided annually from water-free cooling systems, enough to meet the needs of 20,500 homes per year
24% of total waste generation diverted
Total Water Consumption
Total Reclaimed Water
Total Waste Generated
Expanded ISO program by 40% globally in 2018
100% existing ISO certification retention
100% of Singapore operational portfolio certified under the SS564 Green Data Centers standard for Energy and Environmental Management Systems
2018 Management Standard Coverage
ISO 9001 (Quality Management)
ISO 14001 (Environmental Management)
ISO 27001 (Information Security Management)
ISO 50001 (Energy Management)
OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety)
First global data center REIT to adopt green lease standards for use in data centers
Named a Green Lease Leader by the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and BOMA in 2018
Adopted green lease provisions for 100% of net-new eligible contracts
We seek to engage with stakeholders who are key to our business success, as well as those that may be affected by our business activities. Digital Realty’s key stakeholders include employees, customers, investors, joint venture partners, governments and regulators, suppliers as well as communities and non-governmental organizations.
Do Better Together
Community Involvement Program: In 2018, community involvement efforts included packing 10,000 meals, sponsoring an event in Australia to raise vital funds for childhood genetic disease research and donating to relief funds for wildfires in Northern California.
Donate 8 Program: Eight hours of paid time-off annually per employee during regularly scheduled work hours to volunteer for eligible organizations
Matching Gifts Program: Dollar-for-dollar corporate matching against contributions to eligible charitable organizations
Health and Well-Being
Commuter benefits to encourage public and alternative transportation
Designated nursing rooms, meditation rooms and space for religious worship
Ergonomic assessments for employees
Company discounts for products, services and events
Annual flu shots
Annual biometric examinations
Teledoc to see licensed doctors using live video visits on smart devices
Annual Benefits Fair hosted to provide information on the coming year benefits, including vendor booths and an open forum for employees to ask questions
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
In 2018, we updated our Corporate Governance Guidelines to confirm that the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of our Board of Directors will ensure that it includes candidates with diversity of race, ethnicity and gender in the pool from which director candidates are selected.
In 2018, Digital Realty established the Women’s Leadership Forum, a grassroots community to provide a safe space for female colleagues to come together to drive innovation and provide a collegial environment for sharing, collaboration and support.
Digital Realty is dedicated to conducting business consistent with the highest standards of business ethics. All employees are required to both read our Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Compliance Policy and Code of Business Conduct and Ethics and undergo training for these policies during Digital Realty’s annual attestation period. We have a zero-tolerance policy on corruption and bribery and have a standard process for reporting questionable ethical behavior or violations of the Code of Conduct. We require that our suppliers and their employees, agents and subcontractors share the same high standards of ethics and integrity as outlined in our Supplier Code of Conduct.