EcoStruxure IT Evolves DCIM with Model Based, Automated Sustainability Metric Reporting at the Click of a Button

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I recently presented on how CIOs can leverage data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software, and our EcoStruxure IT offer to comply with new sustainability reporting requirements and one statistic in the presentation stayed with me long after I had stopped talking.

Gartner reports that 80% of CIOS will have performance metrics tied to the sustainability of the IT organization in just a few years – by 2027. 

Regulations on IT are increasing worldwide. The E.U. is leading the globe but it is not alone. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved a rule that will require some public companies to report greenhouse gas emissions. The 80% statistic stayed with me in the context of this statistic: Only 43% of executives say they are aware of their organization’s IT footprint.

So, 80% of CIOs will have performance metrics tied to the sustainability of their IT but only 43% of execs know the IT footprint of their organization. But it’s not surprising because what we have heard from our customers over the years is that reporting PUE seems straightforward but it’s not simple, measuring improvement is a challenge, and data needs to be more easily accessed and exported. They told us it can be difficult to understand where and how to get started and new regulations require a lot more than PUE reporting.

All of that is about to change.

Introducing new sustainability features for fast, intuitive, and simple-to-use reporting

I am thrilled to introduce new model based, automated sustainability reporting features within our award-winning EcoStruxure IT DCIM software. Starting in April, all EcoStruxure IT users will have access to a new set of reporting capabilities, which traditionally had required deep technical understanding and manual data calculation methods.

Unlike anything available in the market, the new model offers customers a fast, intuitive, and simple-to-use reporting engine to help meet regulatory requirements, including the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). The new capabilities go beyond the EED-required metrics, ensuring customers can measure their data center’s real-time and historical energy performance data against all of the advanced reporting metrics specified within Schneider Electric’s White Paper 67. The Guide to Environmental Sustainability Metrics for Data Centers was released last year and it has become an industry go-to for sustainability reporting.

EcoStruxure IT software enables owners and operators to measure and report data center performance based on historical data and trends analysis, combining it with AI and real-time monitoring to turn it into actionable insights for improved sustainability. With the new download function, organizations can quickly quantify and report, at the click of a button – removing manual tasks and making it faster and easier to harness the power of data to reduce the environmental impact of their data centers.

Schneider Electric becomes a customer: A new era for Green IT

EcoStruxure IT has been tested and adopted by many organizations, including our own. In 2021, Schneider Electric released its Schneider Sustainability Impact (SSIs), publicizing the company’s sustainability commitments. Aligning with the SSI purpose, Schneider Electric’s CIO Elizabeth Hackenson kickstarted the company’s Green IT program – a sustainable, enterprise IT initiative that would identify new and intelligent decarbonization pathways to help the program achieve its objective of at least a 5% annual IT emissions reduction.

As part of the program, Schneider Electric utilized EcoStruxure IT software, which was deployed across more than 140 key sites globally to improve resiliency and security of its IT operations. Through Green IT, it became apparent that new capabilities within EcoStruxure IT could also be leveraged for greater sustainability, allowing Schneider Electric to dramatically improve the visibility of its IT energy consumption. By utilizing the insights from EcoStruxure IT, they were able to witness a 30% energy consumption reduction in H2 ’23 versus H1 ’23 in its Lexington, Kentucky, smart factory.

“Through the use of EcoStruxure IT, we have continued to make significant progress in our mission to reduce our IT energy consumption and environmental impact, and to help the company progress its sustainability objectives,” said Hackenson. “We’re now making those benefits readily available to customers globally.”

Learn more about the latest DCIM evolution with EcoStruxure IT

When one considers that 80% of CIOs will have performance metrics tied to the sustainability of their IT but only 43% of execs know the IT footprint of their organization, I am excited that we are in a position to help customers. This is another significant step toward our DCIM 3.0 vision as we capitalize on 20 years of sustainability, regulatory, data center, and software development expertise to meet these new challenges. To learn more about EcoStruxure IT’s new sustainability features and how they could help your organization, visit our website. And check out Alison Matte’s new blog on the growing web of sustainability regulations facing the data center industry.

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