HLRS strives to follow and advance best practices in high-performance computing. In recognition of policies and procedures it has implemented for environmental management, energy management, and information security, HLRS has achieved official certification under the following standards.

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Blauer Engel (Blue Angel)

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

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EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme)

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

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Certificate Registration No. 44 121 222839

ISO 27001: Information Security Management Systems

Certification under the ISO 27001 standard confirms that HLRS has implemented a comprehensive information security management system (ISMS), which details technical and organizational measures HLRS has taken to identify, prevent, and respond to threats to the security of the data it stores. This includes protecting its high-performance computing systems from unauthorized access and usage. The scope of the ISMS contains the provision of computing time on HLRS’s high-performance computers as well as the supporting processes for operating the production environment. For verification, search for certificate number 44121222839 in the TüV Nord Certificate Database.

Learn more about ISO 27001 certification.

ISO 14001 (Environmental management)

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)

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

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