30 Jan 2014 -- IBM's Leadership Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ENERGY STAR® certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. This is IBM's first ENERGY STAR certified data center and one of only 55 certified data centers in the United States.1
"Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to protecting our environment," said Jean Lupinacci, Chief of the ENERGY STAR Commercial & Industrial Branch. "From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA's ENERGY STAR certification."
IBM's six-part strategy to reduce the GHG emissions related to its operations includes designing, building, updating and operating facilities, including data centers and manufacturing operations, that optimize their use of energy and materials and minimize GHG emissions. Highlights of some of the energy-efficient aspects of IBM's Leadership Data Center follow:
IBM has a long history with ENERGY STAR, a voluntary, market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. As a charter member of the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Computer Program in 1992, IBM helped the EPA define criteria for computers and monitors. In March 2001, IBM became the first company to win an ENERGY STAR Excellence in Corporate Commitment Award recognizing IBM's overall commitment and contributions to energy conservation and efficiency across the company's operations and in the design of its products.
For information about IBM's current ENERGY STAR activities, visit IBM's ENERGY STAR qualified products web page.
For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit the ENERGY STAR website.
1As of the date of this article, there were 55 data centers listed on the ENERGY STAR Certified Data Centers web page.