Project Leads
Alexander Rakow, Eric Dahlen

Steering Committee Representative: Shruti Sethi (Microsoft)



Data center industry is moving towards net carbon zero goals over coming decade. OCP Sustainability Project is working to enable progress towards industry goals by addressing unique challenges and opportunities presented within Open Compute Project ecosystem. The Sustainability project led the introduction of Sustainability as the 5th tenet into OCP. Leveraging the expertise of the OCP community, we offer an open framework and resources for OCP members and data center industry – vendors, suppliers, and end users - to deploy industry best practices that promotes reusability and circularity.  


  1. Identify key steps in system and component design that require reimagination to promote reusability and circularity
  2. Deliver roadmap to increase standardization of calculation, measurement, and disclosure of metrics across the IT product and data center life cycle
  3. Publish (how-to) guidelines to offer frameworks for a supply-side resource consumption and implications on our common value chain
  4. Develop OCP-certified design and sourcing practices and creating circular operating modes

Sub-projects and Workstreams

Circularity Sub-project

  • Carbon Accounting for Circularity workstream

  • Carbon Disclosure / Supplier Carbon Label Standardization workstream

Carbon Modeling workstream

  • Led by:
  • Mission: This workstream focuses on embodied carbon, which is the CO2e emitted by the manufacture of the physical entities within a data center. Embodied carbon cannot be directly measured, rather it is modeled, and thus this workstream is named OCP Sustainability Carbon Modeling.
  • This workstream was created to address the following challenges:
    • Data Access: How to obtain best estimates of embodied CO2e values from the supply chain and researchers.
    • Data Opacity: How to understand the various methods that were utilized to estimate embodied CO2e at all steps along the supply chain.
    • Data Grade: How to summarize the quality and completeness of the embodied CO2e estimates.
  • Subscribe to the Carbon Modeling Mailing List

Data Center Efficiency Metrics (DCEM) / Sustainability Metrics workstream

  • Led by:
  • Mission: To define data center infrastructure efficiency metrics, measurement and disclosure requirements, and measurement mechanisms. Partner with SW developers and DC operators to create eco-system to broadly support sustainability metrics via standard based mechanism.
  • Subscribe to the Data Center Efficiency Metrics Mailing List

Power Telemetry sub-project

Call Calendar

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OCP Sustainability Initiative Calendar

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