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E2: Schneider Electric's Robert Bunger on Data Center Sustainability Strategies

July 31, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

How can data center operators and their partners navigate a path toward sustainability? Robert Bunger, from Schneider Electric's Office of the CTO, offers perspectives in this Sustainable Tech Partner podcast.

Within the office of the CTO, Bunger is innovative product owner for the data center segment. He oversees Schneider Electric's involvement in data center standards development within organizations such as the Open Compute Project, Open 19, The Green Grid, ITI, ISO/IEC JTC1 and TIA. He also works on the company's liquid cooling technology strategy, working closely with start-up innovators and industry groups.

Bunger, in this conversation with Sustainable Tech Partner, covers the following topics:

  • 0:00 - Introductions
  • 1:03 - The march toward sustainability: What does that terminology mean to Schneider Electric and its partners? What operators, designers and partners should measure.
  • 2:00 - In terms of sustainability, who's at the table on the customer-side of the conversation?
  • 2:53 - Working with Chief Sustainability Officers -- and assisting operators with renewable energy sources.
  • 3:58 - Is there a gap between Chief Sustainability Officers and CIOs?
  • 5:06 - Are certain vertical markets and regions ahead on the sustainability journey?
  • 6:21 - Navigating Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 disclosures: Understanding the variables.
  • 7:54 - Scope 3 granularity: Does everyone agree what should be measured?
  • 9:28 - Are data center and cloud providers getting more effective at sharing scope 3 information with small, midsize and enterprise clientele?
  • 10:45 - Schneider Electric's partner strategy on the sustainability front.
  • 11:30 - Schneider Electric Sustainability School for Partners.
  • 12:36 - First steps and next steps for partners to find more information.
  • 13:46 - Conclusion.

More Info: During the podcast, Bunger mentioned that partners and customers can leverage these information assets and tools to assist their sustainability strategies:

Related: See all Sustainable Tech Partner podcasts here.

Interview Requests: Do you want to potentially share your views on the Sustainable Tech Partner podcast? Email your request to Joe Panettieri, founder of Mentore Ventures and Sustainable Tech Partner (Joe@MentoreVentures.com).

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