Data centers power the internet and make it possible to connect with the communities that are central to our lives.
For Facebook, efficiency and clean energy are key components of our approach to designing, building and operating sustainable data centers. We focus on eliminating waste, boosting wellness, incorporating greener products and being a good neighbor in the communities we serve.
We are proud of how efficiently our data centers operate today and continue to look for new ways to increase that efficiency and extend the life cycle of our server hardware through circularity.
Constructing High-Performing Data Centers
Our data centers focus on eliminating waste, boosting wellness, incorporating greener products and being a good neighbor in the communities we serve. Taken together, these strategies help us achieve LEED Gold certification for all of our data center projects. As a leader in efficiency and renewable energy, we’re a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and active on the LEED Advisory Committee to help shape the future of its green rating system for data centers.
Prioritizing Sustainable Materials
Material selection is an important part of that strategy to reduce the environmental impact of our data center hardware and we are constantly exploring new ways to use better materials in our data center facilities and our products. For example, we previously identified fiber-filled polypropylene (NFFPP) — a nature-based derivative from renewable jute fibers — as a potential replacement for select components in server hardware that had high carbon impact. We developed and tested this material for specific applications, namely in many different parts inside and outside the rack, including adapters, busbar covers, and other mechanical parts inside the server.
Reducing E-Waste Through Circularity
We strive to reduce e-waste by integrating circular thinking into how we design, operate, and decommission our server hardware, finding opportunities to reuse hardware where we can. When equipment has reached its end of life in our infrastructure, we engage third parties who can remarket components so that they can have a useful second life.
Open Compute Project
Facebook supports an open and collaborative global technology industry that creates choice for users. In 2011, we co-founded the Open Compute Project (OCP) to inspire more transparency and pioneering development across the technology industry. This organization encourages and enables major technology innovators — including Facebook — to make their work public and allow an open source community to find operating efficiencies for data center infrastructure.
Today, there are more than 200 members and the project has already produced valuable, efficient designs that are publicly available to hardware manufacturers and consumers all over the world. The work of the OCP engineers and developers has been crucial in enabling Facebook to design and build some of the world’s most efficient data centers.
Did You Know?
More water efficient than the average data center
Our data centers are 80 percent more water efficient than the average data center, as a result of our water stewardship efforts.
Sustainability Impact Map
We are committed to creating a positive impact on the communities where we operate. That is why all of our renewable energy projects are interconnected to the same electric grid as our facilities. This map highlights our renewable energy procurement and deployment efforts worldwide, water stewardship efforts in the communities we operate in, as well as sustainability features across our global portfolio of data centers.