Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
(World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987)
Sustainability plays an increasingly central role in all noris decisions. Therefore, we review our actions not only from an economic point of view, but also and in particular with regard to environmental and social compatibility. All our decisions must be sustainable in the long term.
Of course, we always try to drive technical innovations further, but it is precisely through this that we see the opportunity to shape our common future positively in the long term. We provide our services as environmentally responsible as possible and participate in projects that are dedicated to sustainability in the economic, environmental and social fields.
We want to keep our ecological footprint as small as possible, which is why we obtain the electricity for our data centers from renewable energy sources such as sun, wind, water and biogases.
We always purchase our hardware as reprocessed goods if it also meets our high quality standards. This means that used products are reused and no new primary resources have to be used. Additionally, this has the advantage that we can pass on the resulting lower prices to our customers for 100% functional goods. Another sustainable aspect is that one tree is planted per purchased, remanufactured switch or router.
In our newer data centers in Nuremberg and Munich, we rely on a unique, patented, modular concept for cooling with CECC (Combined Energy and Cooling Cells). This modern cooling system enables us to achieve up to 70% less energy consumption for cooling and operation. This not only reduces costs for our customers, but also protects the environment.
We also developed a highly innovative concept to use the exhaust heat in the double ceiling of the data center in Nuremberg to cool our cloud systems. We therefore call it “Cloud on Top”. In this unique concept, the otherwise unused warm air is used for special cloud hardware designed for warmer environmental conditions. In this way, we save space and at the same time increase the energy efficiency of our data centers even further – another contribution to Green IT!
In order to ensure the responsible use of natural resources at noris in the long term, we have been certified to ISO 14001 at our Nuremberg location since 2017. This is proof of our compliance with globally recognized requirements for an environmental management system.
Reduction and recycling of primary resources
As a further step towards more resource-efficient work, we are focusing on an almost paperless office. At our office, only documents that are really needed on paper are sent out of the printer.
Unfortunately, it is still not entirely avoidable that we use batteries to supply power to small devices. This makes it even more important that they are properly disposed of. We therefore keep battery collection garbage cans for our employees in which everyone can throw in their old batteries. Even those from private use.
In the offices, instead of power-hungry beamers, we are increasingly using monitors that can also be used as electronic whiteboards. In this way we save electricity, paper for flip charts and pens.
For a long time now, we are providing our employees with E-car charging stations to charge E-cars during working hours, free of charge and by using green electricity to save resources.
Since 2020 we are also offering charging stations for e-bikes. In combination with the possibility of a job bike, we hope to make a further positive contribution to a green world.
Rosetta@home is a volunteer computing project of the University of Washington. This project uses computer resources distributed around the world and connected via the Internet to predict protein structures and binding.
The goal is to make structural predictions that can be used to develop cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer and AIDS.
Particularly in the wake of the Corona pandemic, we have made some of the resources in our data centers available to contribute to the success of this project.