SUSTAINABLE DIGITAL
INFRASTRUCTURE ALLIANCE

About the Alliance: Our Vision


Emerging digital technology will shape the future in new and unimaginable ways - it’s the driving force behind the scientific-, industrial- and consumer-revolution. Digital technology is one of the keys to solving our most pressing problems, be it the distribution of resources, social mobility or climate change. Today, the expansion of the digital economy already poses challenges for the environment. By the beginning of 2030, data centers are estimated to account for up to 13% of global electricity consumption. Inside data centers, home of the computers that power the digital economy, the inefficient use of equipment is creating unnecessary waste and costs. On a global average, eight out of ten servers are idling while still consuming energy. Limiting the expansion of digital technology is not an option. We believe we need to adapt the underlying digital infrastructure, reducing its environmental impact to zero, making the massive growth sustainable while ensuring it remains open & accessible.

  • 30% of newly built data center infrastructure by our members utilizes heat-recovery.
  • 30% of the infrastructure of our members utilizes intelligent workload steering to respond to power grid constraints & renewable energy production.
  • 30% of our members take active measures to increase the utilization rate within their digital infrastructure.
  • All of our members work towards replacing fossil-fuels in their power- & backup-strategies with more sustainable & efficient alternatives, such as batteries or fuel cells.
  • The SDIA is actively engaged with governments to foster a better understanding of the need for scalable and sustainable digital infrastructure.

Dr.-Ing. Birger Ober

Chief Executive Officer

Our Advisory Board

Guiding us with their expertise and experience, we have selected some of the leading experts in the field of data centers, infrastructure & IT services to support us. We are proud they are part of our mission.

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Expert for Responsible Sourcing

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Data Center Expert

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Founding Member and Advisor for Energy Transition, Digitalization & Blockchain

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Startup & Digital Expert

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Data Center & Energy System Expert

Our Team

Our board consists of the founding members as well as industry experts that help us ensure we fulfill our purpose - empowering members to lead the way in building the next generation of digital infrastructure in a sustainable and scalable way.

Max Schulze

Chairman

Developer turned Growth & Strategy Nerd. Co-Founder & CTO of tech startups in Germany, US and UK including Nukotoys, Lobster, Die Politiker. People person & deep understanding of cultures & growth mechanics.

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Mathias Kutzner

Treasurer

Mathias is passionate about unlocking individual potential. He was Co-Founder & CTO of several tech startups including Sponsorpay (now Fyber), HitFox, Dojo Madness and many others. This experience of organising, financing, building and scaling early stage start-ups makes him an invaluable member of the SDIA team.

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Franziska Schuth

Vice Chairman

Energy Expert with professional experience in associations and future technologies.

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Dr.-Ing. Birger Ober

Chief Executive Officer

Driven by his need to heat, Birger has established himself as the go-to expert for waste-heat management for data centers.

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Mohan Gandhi

Head of Research & Policy

Mohan leads the working groups in their attempts to solve major technical barriers to a truly sustainable digital infrastructure. He Authored the Report "The Utility of the Future: Where Digital and Electrical infrastructure combine".

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Lasse Schneppenheim

Chief Operating Officer

During his studies of Environmental and Energy Management, Lasse became aware of the untouched potential for improved energy and resource efficiency in the ICT sector. While working on business models based on this potential, he realized their need for closer collaboration of the participating industries. 

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Simon Mundorf

Community Manager

Simon is passionate about community building, and he knows that to foster meaningful, sustainable change we need to build a wide-ranging inter-industry community. When he's not fostering relationships and building partnerships, you'll find him on the hockey pitch.

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