Intelligence Update

Time to collaborate on contracts for sustainability

In recent months, several managers at large enterprises have asked Uptime Intelligence for input on a tricky and potentially costly problem: their colocation partners will not hand over (or sell) the information and certificates that would enable them to easily and inexpensively meet their carbon reporting and reduction goals.

Uptime Institute believes this is just one example of a wider challenge relating to the exchange of sustainability information: the enterprises concerned report all their IT power use, in all their own and colocation data centers, as Scope 2 (purchased electricity) carbon emissions — in accordance with clear greenhouse gas protocol reporting guidance. If the enterprises want to reduce or eliminate these emissions, they need to show how much of the energy used to power their IT comes from renewable sources, then negate the remainder using carbon offsets.

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