Sustainability is also a major topic in EnBW’s IT sector. Many measures have therefore already been implemented under the keyword "Green IT". This not only protects the environment, but also the wallet. Starting points for improving energy efficiency extend along the entire process chain.
In EnBW's data centres, great attention is paid to energy consumption and energy efficiency. This is typically measured in the data centre environment with the "PUE value" (Power Usage Effectiveness). The PUE value puts the total energy consumed in the data centre in relation to the energy consumption of the IT components. Energy consumption in the data centres has been significantly and sustainably reduced by measures such as indirect free cooling, various enclosures for the supply air and the removal of waste heat for heating office space.
The high degree of virtualisation achieved in recent years and the increasingly widespread use of cloud solutions have enabled us to significantly consolidate our data centre space.
When procuring servers, we pay attention to sustainable purchasing criteria. In addition to the technical requirements, the sustainability criteria account for about one third of the evaluation. We also pay special attention to sustainability and maximum environmental compatibility at our cloud service providers.
In the past years, work was mainly done from the home office and a large number of processes and working methods were digitized in many areas of our Group for this. This has reduced paper consumption and the number of car journeys in the long term.
We are tackling forward-looking issues with the "Drive it25" initiative. Strengthening environmentally conscious action in IT actively supports the Group's goal of climate neutrality by 2035. Based on innovative ideas and forward-looking technologies, challenges and expectations of the environment and stakeholders are taken into account.