Sustainable IT – Digitization and the data center's role in a sustainable transition

Digitization is one of our main opportunities to combat climate change, but it also poses an environmental risk with growing demand for new technology and increased pressure on natural resources. By 2030, data centers are estimated to account for about 13% of the world's electricity consumption and contribute to 8% of the world's total climate footprint. As IT suppliers we must work actively to help our customers to reduce the exponentially increasing climate impact we are facing.

A global mission
Digital Realty offers data center services and colocation and is one of our main suppliers within operation and data storage. Sustainability isn’t news for the data center provider. Digital Realty has worked for many years to decrease their climate footprint in relation to their business model and have set Scienced Based climate targets.

- To be a future proofed data center supplier, it’s our global mission and social obligation to lower our climate impact. We believe that the data center industry, and especially the colocation industry can be a part of the solution for a sustainable transition and not the problem. However, that means that we need to take an active approach to ensure a sustainable setup for the data centers, says Pernille Hoffmann, Nordic Managing Director Digital Realty.


Digital Realty manages the data center infrastructure, which includes powering the generators and the coolers. Powering the data centers with 100% renewable energy is one of the most important activities. In addition, Digital Realty return the excessive heat generated from the data centers in Sweden directly to the district heating network through a collaboration with Stockholm Exergi. This contributes to heating thousands of apartments in the Stockholm area.

Sharing economy
Colocation is part of the sharing economy, an important step for a sustainable transition and circular economy. Through colocation the infrastructure and resources are shared by many customers instead of hosting their own storage environment. In addition, colocation is a secure HUB where you can connect with other partners.

– With colocation you can be much more cost and resource efficient and achieve power savings between 25-40%. That is a great example and result of the sharing and circular economy, says Pernille Hoffmann.

Partnership for the future
To reach our high set climate targets we need to collaborate with partners that have the same mindset for future business. Collaboration with Digital Realty is a good example of how we at Xite, part of Office Management, partner up in the transition for more sustainable IT services.

Important components for a sustainable data center:

  • 100% renewable energy
  • Closed colling rings – to reduce water consumption
  • Re-use of excess heat
  • Energy-efficient data center design
  • Compliance with international sustainability standards, such as ESG, Science based target, Climate Neutral Data Center Pact (CNDCP)


To read more about our and Digital Realty’s sustainable transition read:

Xite, part of Office Management, is a consulting company with a focus on comprehensive solutions within IT infrastructure
. Xite collaborates closely with several leading manufacturers and suppliers in software and hardware. Customers are primarily large and medium-sized companies.

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 data communities that matter to them with a global data center footprint of 300+ facilities in 50+ metros across 28 countries on six continents.

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