Environmental Sustainability Framework

The organization should have clear and documented environmental sustainability framework for building, operating and maintaining and decommissioning a sustainable data center. The framework should consist of:

  1. Policies which define the organization’s commitments to environmental and social sustainability.
  2. The performance standards, KPIs and metrics used for managing and improving the environmental and social sustainability (e.g. PUE, WUE, CUE, REF, etc.)
  3. Information policies detailing the access to information to allow for transparency as well as (awareness) training and communication for both employees, vendors/contractors, customers and visitors.


1.1.1 Environmental and social sustainability policies

The organization should establish a well-defined environmental and social sustainability policies. The policies should:

1) Be appropriate to the nature and scale of the organization and the energy usage and sustainability capability of its data center.