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)

CO2 equivalents measure the global warming potential of a substance. This allows to assess all kind green house gases under one metric.

Digital Carbon Footprint

Impact Principle

Improve transparency and accountability of greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in every stage of the digital value chain to enable better data for environmental impact assessments.

Target

Assessing a Digital Carbon Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain for consistent monitoring and reporting.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Consume Renewable Energy

Impact Principle

Decarbonize the energy consumed in sourcing of materials, production and operation of hardware (excl. end-consumer devices).

Target

The majority of data centers are consuming at least 50% renewable energy and use hardware with respective supply chain criteria.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Contributing SDIA Members:

Increase Utilization Rate of IT Hardware

Impact Principle

Improve the energy efficiency of IT Hardware

Target

Industry average Utilization rates average 60%

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Energy Consumption (TWh)

104 TWh/year (e)

Energy consumption across the value chain is a main driver of emissions.

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Leaner Cooling System/Data Center Heat Utilization

Impact Principle

Cooling Systems consume less energy it self and are designed to make excess heat available to offtakers.

Target

Cooling systems are designed to consume only 10% of the maximum utilized IT load and deliver 60% of their electrical input as excess heat to offtakers in non-tropical hemispheres.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Electronic Waste (WEE)

12.3 Mt/year (e)

Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) includes ten different categories of waste including IT and telecommunications equipment

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Secondhand 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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Recycling of Parts

Impact Principle

Improve recycling rates in hardware and their component parts

Target

90% of new build hardware components are recyclable.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Circular Design

Impact Principle

Reduce Resource consumption, pollutants and emissions by designing hardware and facilities with the full life cycle in mind.

Target

Creating and monitoring a circular design strategy is a standard for every producing, planning or energy intensive institution in the value chain.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Resource Consumption (ADP)

Not Available

Abiotic depletion potential is a factor that is assessed in LCAs. It sets the quantity of resource used per functional unit into relation with the globally estimated reserves.

Digital Resource Footprint

Impact Principle

Improve transparency and accountability of resource consumption in every stage of the digital value chain to enable better data for environmental impact assessments.

Target

Assessing a Digital Resource Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain for consistent monitoring and reporting.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Pollution

Not Available

Pollution can occur in many ways through a variety of pollutants. The measurement of the most common pollutants in ICT is critical for further progress in sustainability.

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

Digital Pollutant Footprint

Impact Principle

Improve transparency and accountability of pollutant emissions in every stage of the digital value chain to enable better data for environmental impact assessments.

Target

Assessing a Digital pollutant Footprint is adopted as industry standard across the entire digital value chain for consistent monitoring and reporting.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

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

The socio economic metric evaluates the price of digital power. A lower price enables better access to digital power for new technolgies.

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 IT Hardware & Software

Impact Principle

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

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):