USGBC and CSTC Collaborate to Promote LEED Data Center Certifications in China

Published on: 
18 Oct 2017
Author: 
Taryn Holowka

LEED-certified green data centers use less energy and fewer resources

Oct. 18, 2017—(Shanghai, China)—Today, during the first Greenbuild China conference being held in Shanghai, USGBC and China Software Testing Center (CSTC) signed an MOU to collaborate on promoting sustainable, energy-efficient LEED data centers in China.

“Energy efficiency in our data centers is an incredibly critical issue because of the estimated continued rapid growth of direct energy use in data centers and the resulting impact on both the power grid and industries across China and the world,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, President and CEO, USGBC and GBCI. “LEED-certified data centers provide all the benefits of green building, including reduced energy use, reduced impact of the building on the environment, resource conservation and a better indoor environmental quality.”

“CSTC has been actively following the national green development strategy,” said Fawang Liu, Executive Vice Director of CSTC. “We have published data center energy evaluation guidelines and other white papers. LEED is highly recognized and authoritative in the global data center industry. CSTC will work closely with USGBC to organize Chinese industry experts to set up a LEED Advisory Committee for data centers, to discuss the adaptability and feedback of LEED standards in China. At the same time, CSTC will also leverage our own resources and work with industry colleagues to promote the development of green data centers and contribute to energy conservation.”

“China is the ideal market for this collaboration on data centers, and CSTC is the perfect partner,” added Ramanujam.

The Chinese data center market is currently growing, with research analyst firm Technavio predicting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 13 percent over the next four years because of an increased reliance by multinational and domestic enterprises on cloud storage and other colocation solutions.

China is currently the largest market for LEED green building outside the U.S., and it continues to be a main player in the global green building movement, with more than 1,000 LEED-certified projects in the country. The Chinese government has also deemed sustainable growth as a high priority.

LEED is a globally recognized symbol of excellence in green building. LEED certification ensures electricity cost savings, lower carbon emissions and a healthier environment.