Sustainability Strategies in Colocation
Colocation is a fast-growing segment of the data center industry. But assessing colocation providers' sustainability performance is challenging. This report investigates and highlights sustainability innovations currently deployed by retail colocation companies worldwide.
- Siting factors can make sustainability challenging; not all operators can use free air cooling, municipal waste-heat reusage, or low-carbon electricity grids.
- Most operators anticipate mandatory sustainability reporting mid-term: those with strategies in place will best withstand regulatory and consumer emissions-reduction pressures.
- Renewable energy certificates (RECs) and guarantees of origin (GOs) are central to most providers’ renewable energy plans — their variable effectiveness in limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions notwithstanding.
- Data centers with the lowest water and energy consumption utilize free cooling, once through liquid cooling, direct liquid cooling (DLC) and / or in-row heat rejection to remove heat from the IT space.
- Max Smolaks, Research Analyst, Uptime Institute
- Lenny Simon, Senior Research Associate, Uptime Institute
- Douglas Donnellan, Research Associate, Uptime Institute
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