First Data Center Provider Recognized for Energy Management and Energy-Efficient Data Centers
Digital Realty, a leading global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, announced it has received the 2020 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to protect the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements across its data center portfolio.
The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award recognizes ENERGY STAR partner businesses and organizations in good standing that demonstrate superior leadership, innovation, and commitment to environmental protection through energy efficiency. Digital Realty received the award in the Energy Management category, which is awarded to partners that demonstrate excellence in improving the energy performance of buildings through a corporate-wide, portfolio-based energy program.
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In 2019, Digital Realty achieved the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR certification at 29 data centers, representing 70% of its U.S. stabilized and managed portfolio by IT capacity. This achievement marks the second consecutive year Digital Realty earned the most EPA ENERGY STAR certifications among all U.S. data center providers. Digital Realty is the first data center provider to be recognized with the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award and has the most ENERGY STAR certified data centers globally.
“We are honored to be named an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year,” said Digital Realty senior director of sustainability Aaron Binkley. “This recognition highlights our ongoing efforts to incorporate greater sustainability and energy efficiency efforts into our global platform. As a leading global data center provider, we’re committed to providing customers with access to data center facilities that are highly resilient and energy efficient.”
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Digital Realty is committed to building a trusted foundation for the digital world, and sustainability and energy management is critical to this effort. Digital Realty’s ENERGY STAR accomplishments in 2019 include:
- Benchmarking 100% of its U.S. data center portfolio in ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for energy, water and waste
- Achieving a 43% increase in the proportion of its U.S. data center capacity with an ENERGY STAR certification
- Raising its average ENERGY STAR score by 4% year-over-year
- Providing training to global sales teams to communicate ENERGY STAR efforts and value to customers
- Enrolling in the Building Owners and Managers Association’s (BOMA) Waste and Water Challenge, committing to benchmark and reduce waste and water usage through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
“I salute the 2020 ENERGY STAR award winners,” said Anne Idsal, EPA Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation. “These leaders demonstrate how energy efficiency drives economic competitiveness in tandem with environmental protection.”
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