Digital Realty Trust: Digital Realty is meeting green targets according to third annual ESG report

Jul 16, 2021 | Posted by MadalineDunn

According to its latest ESG report, Digital Realty is meeting its sustainability targets in the push for carbon-neutrality. The company, as part of the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTi), has committed to reducing its Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 68% and Scope 3 emissions by 24% by 2030. 

Its third report revealed that globally, it added 154 megawatts of sustainable energy by 2020. Moreover, all European locations of Interxion and joint ventures of Digital Realty in the US are powered by 100% renewable energy.

Regarding energy conservation, the company surpassed its goal to reduce global colocation PUE by 10% by 2022 from a 2017 baseline. Instead, overall, it achieved an 11% reduction. It also beat its target to reduce PUE for its interxion portfolio by 5% by 2020 from a 2017 baseline, achieving 6%.

Interxion France is also another company in the industry that is utilizing natural cooling methods. Its Marseille river cooling project sees 99% of the cooling needs met at two of its data centers, and is 30% more energy efficient than traditional methods. It is expected to save 18,400 MWh of energy and 795 tons of CO2 per year at full capacity.

For two years in a row (2020 and 2021), Digital Realty was also recognized as Energy Star Partner of the Year by the EPA.