Uptime Accredited Sustainability Advisor (ASA)

Course Overview

Amid the growing global focus on digital infrastructure sustainability requirements, now is the time to become an Accredited Sustainability Advisor (ASA).

As the effects of climate change on health, safety and global economies continue to grow more severe, the environmental sustainability of data centre operations has become a major concern for investor, customer, regulatory, legislative, and environmental stakeholders.

Digital infrastructure owners and operators are feeling the pressure as more than seventy countries have established commitments to achieve net-zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) by 2050 and new regulations emerge to join the 1900 pieces of climate change and sustainability legislation already enacted in the past decade. There has never been a more critical time to learn about this new and growing area of digital infrastructure expertise.

Why the Accredited Sustainability Advisor (ASA)?
Get ahead of the pack. Today’s global economy requires deep expertise and skill in digital infrastructure sustainability, and demand will only continue to grow. The ASA course delivers the fundamental knowledge of sustainability concepts, industry trends, and regulations, as well as the practical skills you need to develop and implement a comprehensive world-class data centre sustainability program.

The benefits of earning the ASA credential include:

  • Learn how to actively reduce your organisation's carbon emissions with advanced sustainability practices that reduce IT and data centre facility energy use
  • Develop an effective data centre sustainability strategy with a thorough understanding of concepts and actions required
  • Move sustainability initiatives forward within your organisation

Key topics covered include:

  • Sustainability policy and management
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Facility siting, design, and certification
  • Facility energy consumption and efficiency
  • Circular economy, recycle and reuse
  • IT Energy consumption and efficiency
  • Renewable energy purchasing and consumption
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions
  • Water consumption and efficiency
  • Information reporting

Sustainability Policy & Management

  • The seven elements of a sustainability strategy
  • Regulations and standards

Regulatory Requirements

  • Measurements and reporting
  • Enforcement and financial disclosures

Facility Siting, Design & Certification

  • Efficiency requirements
  • Sustainability design decisions

Facility Energy Consumption & Efficiency

  • Energy management program planning
  • Data collection and measurement

IT Energy Consumption & Efficiency

  • Operational metrics
  • Power management approaches

Renewable Energy Purchasing & Consumption

  • Green energy procurement options
  • Renewable energy constraints

Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG)

  • Greenhouse gas sources and scopes
  • Emissions reduction challenges

Water Consumption & Efficiency

  • Design impacts on organisation
  • Availability and minimisation

Circular Economy, Recycle & Reuse

  • End-of-life product disposal
  • IT product and energy reuse

Information Reporting

  • Performance and accomplishment areas
  • Internal and external communication types

Sustainability Strategy in the Organisation

  • Guiding principles
  • Business commitment and payback

The course is 16 hours, live remote Instructor-led, of intensive instruction and hands-on exercises. The curriculum covers the fundamentals and practical knowledge of sustainability concepts, industry trends, and regulations to enable development of a comprehensive world-class data centre sustainability program and culminates in an examination.

The ASA course is intended for data centre sustainability executives, IT and facility engineers responsible for sustainability and others interested in understanding what constitutes a data centre sustainability strategy. Individuals who will benefit from the ASA course are:

  • Data Centre Sustainability Executives
  • Facility Managers
  • IT and Facility Engineers
  • Industry Analysts

This course is open to licensed professional engineers.

The ASA course is designed to help students achieve an understanding of the concepts and actions required for designing and implementing an effective data centre sustainability program. Graduates will learn the skills needed to evolve sustainability practices to reduce carbon emissions by reducing energy usage of IT and data center facilities - the leading cause of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.

Successful completion of the ASA course, demonstrated through examination at the end of the course, will result in an Uptime Institute endorsement of the individual as an Accredited Sustainability Advisor.

Professional course cost is US$4,985 per participant. This course is CPD accredited and may also qualify for your country's Professional Development Hours (PDHs) requirements (may not be applicable in all countries).