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EU Code of Conduct
Why a Code for Data Centres Energy Efficiency?
The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres Energy Efficiency (Code) is about reducing energy demand, securing future supply and lowering costs.
Developed by the European Union's Joint Research Centre (JRC) the Code is an initial response to the accelerated rising power consumption of Data Centres across the EU.
Year Power Consumption
2007 (Reported) 56 TWh
2020 (Projection) 104 TWh
Source EU Joint Research Centre
Key : TWh - TeraWatt Hours
With the projected consumption of power for Data Centres alone expected to double by 2020, the laws of supply and demand principles will undoubtedly come into play.
Power, its generation and distribution systems, are already coming under strain and power outages, through excessive demand requirements across the world, are not uncommon.
There is now a considerable rise in concern for the environment with carbon-based energy being seen as a main culprit for potential climate change.
At this point, the EU's strategy is to provide clear and concise direction aligned with common sense without resorting to legislation.
Actions required by Data Centre Owners
Embracing the Code will deliver higher value and longer term benefits in energy consumption and cost management over and above more tactical solutions such as virtualisation. This makes it an ideal methodology for contributing to the strategic long term programme management for the Data Centre and other IT-based energy consuming offices and locations within the organisation.
Data Centre owners and Managers who align themselves with the Code are known as 'Participants'. This status signifies a commitment to part or all of the aims and objectives of the Code and adoption will aid energy efficiency over time through the establishment of a measured and considered programme of change. Find out how Dimension 85 can help you to become a Participant.
Vendors can also achieve a recognised adoption status for the Code. Termed 'Endorsers', vendors must align to a measured set of criteria and have a recognised commitment, through its products and services, to the success of the Code. Datacentre UK is an approved Endorser of the Code and all of our products and services are focussed on delivering value through energy efficiency to our clients and visitors to our site.