Green certification for Digital Realty’s Singapore facility


31 January 2015
Green Data Centre

Digital Realty Trust, a global provider of data centre solutions, has announced that its Singapore facility has received a Green Mark Platinum certification by the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) and Infocomm Development Authority (IDA).  This is the first time a colocation data centre in Singapore has achieved the Green Mark Platinum level under the category of “Existing Data Centre”.

The BCA-IDA Green Mark, which must be renewed every three years, is a dedicated green building rating system for data centres, recognising those that adopt energy efficient designs, operations and management.

Bernard Geoghegan, Managing Director, EMEA and Asia Pacific at Digital Realty, said this Platinum certification verifies the energy efficient design and environmental performance of the company’s Singapore data centre.

“Most organisations today want to do business sustainably and reduce their carbon footprint hence we aim to deliver the most energy-efficient data centres for our clients, to help them turn their data centre needs into a strategic business advantage,” he said.

The company’s Singapore data centre is a 370,500 square feet facility delivering 30MW of critical IT capacity. It has been in operation since 2010 and was previously certified as Gold under the Green Mark for Buildings scheme.

According to Digital Realty, a sustainable data centre can deliver significant business benefits, including financial savings as sustainably run facilities consume less energy, water and space, reducing both capital and operational expense.

In a Smart Nation, technology is the key to unlock solutions for ever-increasing challenges such as energy efficiency and resource allocation, IDA Assistant Chief Executive Toh Chai Keong said. “We are heartened that leading players are taking on these challenges and investing in such infrastructures and best practices.”

 “As Singapore’s data centre landscape continues to evolve, so does the need for environmentally-friendly facilities,” said Ang Kian Seng, Group Director, Technology Development Group, Building and Construction Authority.

The BCA-IDA Green Mark for Data Centres scheme is jointly developed by the BCA and IDA with supporting partners from the Energy Research Institute @ Nanyang Technological University (ERI@N) and Lawrence Berkeley National Labs (LBNL) in the US.