your environmental compliance partner
If data centers know about anything, it's about the importance of uptime. Keeping your business environmentally compliant is what we do, so you can keep doing what you do without interruption.
If you run a business in the data center industry, you may not know that your business is required to follow certain environmental regulations. It's true, your facility can impact your surroundings more than you realize—which is why it needs to be regulated. Your backup generators create emissions that require items such as air permits or a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC). Not knowing what you need and not knowing how to get started can seem daunting and overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be like that.
The team at Resource Management Associates are experts at getting businesses in the data center industry into compliance and beyond. With decades of experience, our team is able to take the reins and get it done for you while making sure you understand exactly what's happening. You can trust that you're in good hands and know that you're never going to be in the dark.
Be sure to check out all of the services we can provide for your data center so you can stop worrying about compliance ASAP.
Facilities, processes, and equipment can all require an air permit, depending on numerous factors.
Many locations require registration for aboveground and below-ground tanks containing oil and other various materials.
Establish a baseline and find out where your organization stands with regard to environmental regulatory compliance.
With expiration dates, complex reporting information, and other long term responsibilities, handling environmental compliance can be tricky without a program in place. An EMS helps you do just that.
When a consultant just won't cut it, the placement of a dedicated external environmental professional can help get your organization on track.
Many regulations require annual environmental training at a MINIMUM, from NPDES Stormwater Permits to SPCC Plans and more.
A Phase I ESA can help protect you from environmental liabilities, and expensive clean-up/remediation costs.
SPCC Plans are designed to help keep your organization, staff, and the environment safe from oil spills and leaks.
A minimum of annual SPCC Training is a basic compliance requirement of every SPCC Plan.
Sustainability means different things to different organiations. How can we help you take that next step?
An annual reporting requirement for the storage of hazardous materials on-site in order to keep first responders and your operation safe in an emergency.
Environmental regulations which apply to a data center include a confusing variety of rules, laws, and regulations from the Federal and State government, all the way down to (in certain instances) the local municipality, township, or city you’re located in.
From our experience with data center regulation, the main environmental regulations that may apply to a data center, regardless of the location, could include:
Again, depending on where your data center is located, there may be additional environmental regulations to stay on top of, or the regulations may have different names compared to what we’ve just listed.
The actual cost of environmental compliance at a data center is going to depend on your location and some facility-specific equipment / operational details.
Generally, expect first-year costs for environmental compliance at a data center to run in the several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars range, which covers the costs of applying for and obtaining the necessary plans, permits, and approvals.
Additionally, if you need a hand getting into compliance, then hiring an environmental consultant can again add in several thousand to tens of thousands of dollars to your up-front costs.
Long-term environmental costs at a data center can range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per year, again depending on the applicable environmental plans, permits, approvals, etc., what’s required to get done to demonstrate compliance, and if you need any outside assistance with regards to staying in compliance.
To learn more, check out our Environmental Consulting Pricing information to get a range of pricing for our services.
The amount of time needed to get your data center into environmental compliance is going to depend on the same variables as above - where are you located, and what do you have going on on-site? For some data centers, environmental compliance can be quick and easy. For other locations, applying for permits and approvals can take several months (or longer), especially when larger considerations such as Environmental Justice (EJ) can come into play. If we're part of the ground floor for developing a data center, most environmental regulations can be dealt with quickly & easily during build-out, adding virtually no time to your project. If we're coming in after the fact and getting an existing data center into compliance, revising, modifying, or getting new plans/permits/approvals could take a bit longer.
As a rule of thumb, assume 1 to 6 months is an average timeframe for getting into environmental compliance at a data center, but it all depends.
If you’re worried about getting your data center into compliance on a deadline, reach out and let’s talk.
Getting and staying in compliance is great, but to demonstrate that you’re better than just following the rules, you’ll need to go above and beyond.
Means such as proving your commitment through Environmental Management Systems (such as an ISO1 4001 EMS), Zero Waste Programs, or even taking Sustainability into consideration, allow your data center to stand out from the rest.
If you’re interested in doing more than simply staying in compliance with decade-old laws, there are numerous ways we can assist your data center into becoming an industry leader (environmentally). If you want to go beyond compliance and really show the world (and your customers) how good an operation you run, reach out, and let’s talk.
Simply put, it depends. For example, many operations use an outside party to conduct their accounting (i.e., financial compliance), while others use in-house experts to make sure the numbers are all adding up. Depending on your expertise, the amount of time you have, and whether you want to take another requirement under your wing, getting into environmental compliance is entirely possible on your own at a data center. Many environmental regulations, rules, and laws do not require any formal certification or training to obtain coverage.
However, if you don’t have the time, expertise, flat out don’t want to do this stuff or think it’s best left to the experts, you’re not alone, and hiring outside help can be quicker, easier, and cheaper in the long run.
When it comes to environmental compliance, there are really three key “groups” that will be checking in on you from time to time. They are:
Simply put, we can help make compliance easy. From giving you a second set of eyes on a project to make sure you’re doing things correctly, to piece-meal compliance activities, providing regular 3rd party Environmental Audits, to operating as your full-scale Outsourced Environmental Department, we can provide any level of assistance to your data center, regardless of size or location.
Our environmental regulatory experts can help get you into compliance and stay on course, allowing you to focus on your own duties at your data center.