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. In addition, these certifications recognize policies at HLRS that include:
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.
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. 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 is an internationally recognized standard for the implementation of a comprehensive sustainability management system. 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
This international norm supports companies and organizations in the development of a systematic energy management system aimed at improving energy efficiency, reducing energy usage, and promoting adherence to legal requirements. At HPC 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.
This document provides an overview of HLRS's sustainability goals, including responsible use of resources and avoidance of pollution.
To ensure HLRS's sustainable development, minimizing energy consumtion and continually improving our energy efficiency are important goals.
Partners in the State of Baden-Württemberg and the University of Stuttgart were instrumental in our development of an environmental management plan.
HLRS aims to be a leader in improving sustainability in supercomputing and shares its knowledge with others in the HPC and IT communities.
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A member of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing, HLRS is one of three German national centers for high-performance computing.
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