Sustainability Certifications

In recognition of the comprehensive steps that HLRS has taken to improve its environmental sustainability, the center has achieved multiple formal certifications for environmental and energy management.

HLRS's systems for environmental and energy management cover all levels of the organization, addressing topics such as energy usage, resource consumption, and waste disposal. Activities that have negative impacts for the environment or human health are avoided, while employees across the organization are involved in identifying and implementing opportunities for improving environmental performance.

HLRS is currently certified under the following environmental frameworks: EMAS, ISO 14001 and ISO 50001. For more specific information about measures HLRS has taken to improve its environmental management, systems, see our sustainability report as well as our current environmental statement

Blauer Engel / Blue Angel

Blue Angel Certificate for HLRS

The Blue Angel is the best known ecolabel in Germany and since 1978 has served as a neutral and credible guide for selecting environmentally friendly products and services. In contrast to other labels in the IT sector such as EnergyStar, the Blue Angel comprehensively tests the entire environmental performance. It also takes into account the capacity utilization of servers, the use of green electricity, and the avoidance of climate-damaging gases in cooling systems. Learn more about Blue Angel

EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme)

EMAS Certificate for HLRS

This system for voluntary environmental management, developed by the European Community, is the most demanding system for environmental management worldwide. HLRS was the first high-performance computing center to qualify for EMAS certification.

By participating in EMAS, companies and organizations from numerous sectors can improve their ability to make progress in environmental protection. Organizations that achieve EMAS certification commit themselves to maintain stringent environmental standards, to continually improve their environmental performance, to participate in regular reviews by an environmental auditor, and to publish an environmental statement. Learn more about EMAS

ISO 14001 (Environmental Management)

ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) Certificate for HLRS

ISO 14001 is an internationally recognized standard for the implementation of a comprehensive sustainability management system. At HLRS, these efforts impact all levels of the organization, including:

  • considering environmental impact in all purchasing decisions
  • improving energy efficiency across the center's operations
  • supporting advanced research that will lead to widespread sustainability gains in domains such as transportation, energy, and climate
  • minimizing waste and avoiding use of environmentally damaging materials
  • reusing resources, including heat generated during operation of its HPC systems
  • promoting sustainability improvements among its peers
  • maintaining a work environment that promotes the health and well-being of employees and their families

ISO 14001 certification is a central component of EMAS. In contrast to EMAS, this standard does not detail specific requirements for environmental performance and does not require an environmental statement. Learn more about ISO 14001

ISO 50001 (Energy Management)

ISO 50001 (Energy Management) Certificate for HLRS

This international norm for energy management systems supports companies and organizations of all sizes and sectors in the development of a systematic energy management system. The main goal of an energy management system is the improvement of energy efficiency, including the reduction of energy usage as well as the adherence to legal requirements.

At high-performance computing centers like HLRS, which require large amounts of power for the operation and cooling of their computers, this means committing to implement measures that will minimize carbon emissions and consumption of nonrenewable resources. At HLRS this has involved setting targets for energy usage, tracking actual energy consumption, and making infrastructure improvements to optimize energy efficiency. Learn more about ISO 50001

Our Supporters and Collaborators

The development of the HLRS sustainability concept was supported by grants from the Baden-Württemberg Ministry for Science, Research and Art in conjunction with the project "Sustainability in HPC Centers". The project was executed in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Academy for Nature Preservation and Environmental Protection.