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Digital Realty Receives Certificate of Conformity from the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact


LONDON, UK, July 19, 2023 – Digital Realty (NYSE: DLR), the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data center, colocation, and interconnection solutions, today announced that it has received a Certificate of Conformity with respect to the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact (‘CNDCP’ or ‘Pact’), demonstrating the company’s continued commitment to minimizing its environmental impact globally.

Digital Realty, a founding signatory of the Pact, worked with independent auditors, Bureau Veritas, to evaluate its adherence to the Self-Regulatory Initiatives (‘SRIs’) set out by the Pact in Europe. The audit certified that Digital Realty is on track to meet the specific SRI goals for 2030, underpinning the overarching goal of the Pact: for the industry to become ‘climate neutral’ by 2030 in Europe.

Lex Coors, Chief Data Center Technology and Engineering Officer, Digital Realty and CNDCP Board Member, said: "Receiving our Certificate of Conformity from the Pact is a significant milestone for Digital Realty. This recognition highlights our dedication to sustainability and reinforces the strength of our programs aimed at reducing our carbon footprint and embracing renewable energy sources. We view this achievement as a testament to our ongoing journey towards a greener future and as a symbol of our determination to lead the industry in driving positive change for a sustainable digital landscape.”

The Pact, which was drawn up in 2021 with guidance from the European Commission (‘EC’), European Data Center Association, and Cloud Infrastructure Services Provider in Europe, is a self-regulatory initiative designed to make the European data center industry climate neutral by 2030. The CNDCP, which currently represents more than 70 data center operators and 20 trade associations across Europe, lays out an agreement to support a common set of goals, which have been translated into tangible working groups. These working groups include energy efficiency, clean energy, water, circular economy, heat recycling, monitoring and reporting, and communications.

Digital Realty achieved 62% renewable energy coverage globally in 2022, with 100% renewable energy coverage for its U.S. colocation and Europe portfolios, as well as carbon neutrality in France. The company also continued to expand its renewable portfolio and added green assets to the energy grid, adding 315,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar and wind to its energy portfolio. Digital Realty has contracted more than 1 gigawatt (GW) of solar and wind energy across its global portfolio.

In addition, progress was made toward Digital Realty's 2030 science-based carbon reduction targets, with the company achieving a 43% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 (direct and indirect) emissions. By 2030, Digital Realty has committed to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 68% per area, from 2018 levels.

The CNDCP recently announced that 95% of the first cohort of Pact signatories – representing nearly 75% of data center capacity in Europe – have been certified as meeting its obligations under the Self-Regulatory Initiative (SRI).

Read more about the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact here.


About Digital Realty
Digital Realty brings companies and data together by delivering the full spectrum of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company’s global data center platform, provides customers with a secure data “meeting place” and a proven Pervasive Datacenter Architecture (PDx™) solution methodology for powering innovation and efficiently managing Data Gravity challenges. Digital Realty gives its customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 27 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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