The Roadmap to Sustainable Digital Infrastructure by 2030

To reach our Sustainability Goals by 2030 we need to systematically embed sustainability across the sector. This roadmap enables every industrial actor to connect, benchmark and deliver sustainability within their segment of Digital Infrastructure value chain. Through the universal reporting regimen, and the industry led action plan, the roadmap is simultaneously the reporting vehicle, and the collaboration vehicle that will ensure we hit sustainable digital infrastructure by 2030.

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Emissions (CO2-eq)

80 Mt/year (e)

Digital Carbon Footprint

Impact Principle

Improve transparency and accountability of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in every stage of the digital value chain

Target

A Digital Carbon Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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Consume renewable energy

Impact Principle

Decarbonize the energy consumed in throughout the digital value chain

Target

The majority of data centers and end customers are consuming in excess of 50% renewable power

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Increase Utilization Rate of IT Hardware

Impact Principle

Improve the energy efficiency of IT Hardware

Target

Industry average Utilization rates average 60%

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Energy Consumption (TWh)

104 TWh/year (e)

Leaner Architecture/Design for Software

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of energy required to complete IT workloads by simplifying their design, and improving the wider digital architecture

Target

It becomes industry standard to update, improve and remove software that is too code and compute intensive

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Leaner Cooling Systems

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of energy consumed in the cooling and support functions of the computation of IT workloads

Target

Cooling systems consume 60% less energy than industry

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Energy-efficient chip & hardware design

Impact Principle

Increase the energy efficiency of chip, hardware and equipment

Target

Useable Heat capture exceeds 90% as industry standard

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NZEB Building

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of energy required to build, operate and decommission a data center

Target

90% of new build data centers are classed as nearly zero energy buildings

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Electronic Waste (WEE)

12.3 Mt/year (e)

Standardization of IT Hardware

Impact Principle

Improve the recyclability and interoperability of IT hardware

Target

90% of IT hardware are designed and built to a new industry developed standard

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Second Hand Hardware Markets

Impact Principle

Improve the uptake of recycled and refurbished hardware

Target

90% of industry hardware is resold on certified second hand hardware markets

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Extended life hardware

Impact Principle

Extending the design life of IT hardware

Target

It becomes industry standard for servers to be able to function with minor performance drops in its first 5 years of life.

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Recycling of Parts

Impact Principle

Improve recycling rates in hardware and their component parts

Target

90% of new build hardware components are recyclable.

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Circular Design

Impact Principle

Reduce Resource consumption by designing hardware and facilities with the end of life in mind

Target

It becomes Industry standard for design processes for hardware and facilities incorporate circular design principles

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Resource Consumption (ADP)

Not Available

Digital Resource Footprint

Impact Principle

Improve transparency and accountability of resource consumption and waste in every stage of the digital value chain

Target

A Digital Resource Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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Zero-(Fresh) Water Cooling System

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of fresh water consumption in the digital value chain

Target

90% of data center water consumption comes out as clean as it came in

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Zero Rare Materials Consumption

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of rare earth metal consumption across the digital value chain

Target

90% of rare material consumption has been removed compared to consumption levels of 2021

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Pollution (NOX)

Not Available

Zero-Pollution Backup Power and Cooling Systems

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of pollutants produced on the operation of a data center

Target

90% of data center operational pollutants (typically from backup power and cooling systems) are removed from data center facilities, compared to 2021 levels

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Digital Pollutant Footprint

Impact Principle

Create transparency and accountability of pollutants produced across the entirety of the digital value chain through a pollutant footprint

Target

A Digital pollutant Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain

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Zero-Pollution Manufacturing

Impact Principle

Reduce the amount of pollutants produced during the manufacturing of IT hardware and construction materials

Target

90% of pollutants have been removed from the manufacturing process, compared to 2021 levels

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Socioeconomic (Cost of Digital Power)

Not Available

Defining a standardized framework for quantifying Digital Power

Impact Principle

Be able to define efficiency and performance by standardizing a definition of Digital Power

Target

Digital power can be quantified and defined, and later benchmarked and improved

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Unbundling of IT Services & Infrastructure Compute Market Exchanges

Impact Principle

Improve utilization rates and reduce the cost of compute by increase competition and prevent natural monoplies forming

Target

IT becomes unbundled (separation of infrastructure and services), facilitating independent compute and service providers, through vendor neutral marketplaces

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Efficient Future Digital Infrastructure Architectures Edge Regional Hubs Exascale

Impact Principle

Improving the efficiency and reliability of tomorrow's digital architecture

Target

Rural digitization connects more than 90% of Europe's population with redundant, cheap digital power

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