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How to Report GHG Emissions from Data Centers and Cloud Services

How to Report GHG Emissions from Data Centers and Cloud Services

Welcome to Cority’s guide on ‘How to report GHG emissions from data centers and cloud services’. This guide is designed to help sustainability and ESG professionals accurately measure and report GHG emissions from data centers and cloud services.

The world around us is constantly evolving and we currently find ourselves in a highly digitised age of streaming services, cryptocurrencies and internet traffic. Over the past decade, energy usage in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, including our increasing reliance on data centers, has grown exponentially.

Data centers use vast amounts of energy to function and as a result, contribute almost as much to global emissions as the airline industry. It is therefore important to understand how data centers function and what role they play as we work towards a more sustainable future.

This guide includes:

  • Introduction to GHG emissions contribution from data centers
  • What is a data center/cloud service?
  • What are the GHG reporting boundaries for data centers?
  • Allocating and calculating GHG emissions
  • Sources