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The SDIA launches its 2021 Annual Report, highlighting significant membership growth across the digital sector

Amsterdam, 26th April 2022: The Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA) announces the launch of its first annual report, showcasing the impact achievable within digital infrastructure through mutli-industry collaboration. Last year, the SDIA doubled its membership, gaining 56 new members, inclusive of 14 new partnerships assembling together 646 individuals across the entire value chain, progressing key activities in the Roadmap to Sustainable Digital Infrastructure by 2030 and expanding initiatives through its Steering Groups.

SDIA CEO, Daan Terpstra said, “It has been extremely positive to see the Alliance rapidly growing in members, partners, and emerging innovators. We doubled our members in 2021, which proves the importance of sustainability in digital infrastructure development. As well as showcasing the impact, and resonance our Roadmap has had with various industry actors.” 

“2021 was also a transitional year for the SDIA, with the organization moving from the conceptual and theoretical work of creating the SDIA Roadmap to the practical, real-world implementation of the Roadmap Activities in each of its Steering Groups.” Terpstra emphasized.

During 2021, the SDIA put in place a strong foundation for transforming outdated approaches sustainability and focused on developing new opportunities for stakeholders accross the digital sector from EU policy makers to companies, national trade organizations and research institutions to collaborate on sustainability goals only achievable with the standardization of sustainability metrics, transparency and open data.

SDIA’s Founder, Max Schulze is focused on advancing the work of the Steering Groups with members, creating the business cases, financial models, research, platforms and metrics that will serve as a catalytist for sustainable change, presenting the actionable solutions for achieving a sustainable change. 

“In 2021, we spent significant time on defining the digital carbon footprint framework but did not complete this particular task. The digital carbon footprint is important to quantify and measure the progress we are making. In 2022, our focus will be on delivering this part of the roadmap and concentrating our energy on our steering groups. Tackling sustainability - from an economic, social and environmental perspective - means addressing the trends I have outlined above. Do you want to be part of the movement that drives change and reap the benefits? Join us.” Schulze said.

For the first time, the SDIA will extent an invitation for non members to join the Digital Carbon Footprint Steering Group on on Tuesday 10 May, 3 - 4 PM CEST, to propel the work of defining the environmental footprint framework for server-side applications. Apply to join or contact the SDIA Community team at for more information. 

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About SDIA

Established in 2019 and co-based in Germany and the Netherlands, the SDIA is a nonprofit network of more than 90 members and partners working to catalyze the transition to a sustainable digital economy.

The SDIA brings together stakeholders from across industries and fields, both public and private, to realize its Roadmap to Sustainable Digital Infrastructure by 2030. It is meant to offer a holistic, systems-thinking approach to solving the challenges facing ICT sustainability, ranging from energy supply and data centers, to fiber-optic networks and software.

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Julia Trzcińska
Julia Trzcińska
Julia Trzcińska is the Director of Communications at the Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA). With a background in marketing, social science, and research, Julia advocates for transparency and the shift to sustainability across the digital sector. She is actively working on expanding awareness of and building a movement for a sustainable digital economy. With experience spanning four countries, she is currently based in Warsaw.

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