Developed in the European Union, EMAS is the most demanding system for sustainable environmental management worldwide. Organizations that receive EMAS certification formally commit themselves to maintain stringent environmental standards and to continually reduce their environmental impact over time.
"Achieving EMAS certification is an important accomplishment and an investment in our future," said Prof. Michael Resch, HLRS Director. "High-performance computing centers like HLRS unavoidably require large amounts of energy and other resources for the operation and cooling of our machines. Considering climate change and other threats to our environment, it is imperative that the HPC community do everything we can to minimize our environmental impact. At HLRS our entire staff, under the leadership of our sustainability team, has worked hard to put a comprehensive plan into effect, and we hope that the knowledge we have gained through this process will provide a model that other HPC centers could also benefit from."
The new EMAS certificate constitutes an enhancement of HLRS's other formal commitments to environmental responsibility, including certification for environmental management under the ISO 14001 norm and for energy management under the ISO 50001 framework. HLRS recently received these two certifications following an audit by an independent, accredited environmental verifier in November 2019.