Digital Infrastructure Sustainability – A Manager’s Guide

This series is part of Uptime’s ongoing – and expanding – efforts to inform, guide and support sustainability efforts within the digital infrastructure sector. 

Together, these reports serve as a critical resource data center owners and operators can use to establish and implement an effective data center sustainability strategy.

Download executive summaries of each report and view on-demand recordings of the accompanying webinar sessions for each topic using the links below.

Report: Creating a Sustainability Strategy

This report defines the key elements to include in a sustainability strategy, the actions necessary for a successful implementation, and the processes required to measure progress against goals and objectives.

Report: Reducing the Energy Footprint

The first objective of a sustainability plan is to minimize energy use through efficiency measures. Further benefits will be realized by replacing electricity from nonrenewable sources with renewably generated energy.

Report: Tackling Greenhouse Gases

Operators of digital infrastructure must have a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal that takes into account Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions — and they must report these reductions in accordance with agreed policy.

Report: IT Efficiency: The Critical Core of Digital Sustainability

A digital sustainability strategy should incorporate both the facilities and IT operations, even for colocation operators. This report covers strategies, software tools and metrics that can help drive up IT efficiency.

Report: Digital Infrastructure Sustainability: Navigating Regulations and Standards

Data centers are subject to an expanding set of sustainability requirements covering the measurement and reporting of environmental impact, equipment and system energy efficiency, and adherence to circular economy and sustainable building design principles. Currently, most are voluntary but will increasingly be
mandated. Operators need to prepare to meet these requirements.

Report: Three Sustainability Elements: Water, the Circular Economy and Siting

This report discusses three important elements of the sustainability strategy: water use; siting, including design and certification; and reuse, disposal, and recycling. Addressing these elements can significantly reduce the environmental impact of digital infrastructure.

Document: "Glossary of Digital Infrastructure Sustainability"

This document explains the key terms used by those defining, regulating, and applying digital infrastructure sustainability strategies.