Global digital real estate trust wins sustainability award for fifth year

Digital Realty, the largest global provider of cloud- and carrier-neutral data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions, has been presented with the National Association of Real Estate Investments Trusts (Nareit) “Leader in the Light” award for data centre sustainability for the fifth consecutive year. The award honours Nareit member companies that have demonstrated superior and sustained sustainability practices.   

Separately, Digital Realty recently achieved a five-star ranking, the highest available designation, for the 2021 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) assessment. Digital Realty was ranked first in the Technology Sciences category and within the top 20 among all listed companies in the Americas for 2021, while also maintaining its ‘A’-score for the GRESB Public Disclosure rating, ranking first within its comparison group.  

“We are honoured to be recognised by Nareit as well as GRESB, and we hope this recognition will inspire others to sustainably manage environmental impacts and optimise the use of energy and natural resources,” said Digital Realty chief executive officer, A. William Stein. “We are committed to sustainable business practices, and these awards are a testament to the creativity and dedication of the entire Digital Realty team.”  

Digital Realty supports global enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL, the company’s global data centre platform, provides its customers with a proven architectural solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. Digital Realty’s global data centre footprint covers over 280 facilities, in 50 metros, across 26 countries, on six continents. 

In September 2021, Digital Realty signed the UN Global Compact, significantly expanding its ESG commitments in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. They have also continued to expand their renewable energy portfolio and recently enrolled in the Customer Renewable Supply Procurement program. This Georgia Power renewable energy offering is expected to deliver 500 megawatts of new solar resources to support participating commercial and industrial customers, beginning in 2024.   

“The global targets we have set in conjunction with the Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) underpin our environmental, social and governance program, and we are pleased to bolster our efforts with our recent commitment to the UN Global Compact,” said Aaron Binkley, Digital Realty senior director of sustainability. “We are doing our best to play a constructive, proactive role and advancing our broader goal of delivering sustainable growth for investors, customers, employees and the communities we serve around the world.” 

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