Title: Energy Efficiency in Data Centres: Best Practices and Results of the European Code of Conduct
Authors: BERTOLDI PAOLO
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC104345
ISBN: 978-92-79-59779-4
ISSN: 1831-9424
URI: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LDNA27993
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC104345
DOI: 10.2790/290244
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The European Code of Conduct for Data Centres is a voluntary market transformation programme addressing data centre owners and operators. The Data Centres Code of Conduct has been created in response to increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply impacts. The aim is to inform and stimulate operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the critical function of data centres. The Data Centres Code of Conduct has been in operation since 2008 and so far more than 300 data centres of different size and IT service offerings have joined the Code of Conduct. The core of the programme is the commitment by the participant to carry out an initial energy audit to identify the major energy saving opportunities; to prepare an action plan; to implement the action plan; and to monitor energy consumption. At the heart of the Code of Conduct is the Best Practices document, which indicates the areas for energy efficiency upgrades in data centres, covering day-to-day operations, equipment substitution, major refurbishment and new data centre design. The Best Practices document reflects the principle area of responsibility for each type operators (e.g. managed services providers, co-location, etc.). The paper reports on the results achieved so far in terms of energy savings and best practices adopted and it includes detailed information about some remarkable examples of highly efficient data centres.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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