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What is the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres?

EU Code of Conduct - Concertim

As we’re all too aware in this industry, energy consumption continues to grow in line with the demand for more and more computing power. The EU Code of Conduct was established so as to help mitigate the effect of this increase in energy consumption with regard to its environmental, economic and energy supply impacts.

The EU Code of Conduct was created by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commission’s in-house science service. It aims to inform and encourage data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective way, while avoiding the introduction of any constraints that might negatively impact their businesses. It sets out to achieve this by improving the understanding of energy demand within the data centre, by raising awareness, and by recommending best practice and targets for energy efficiency. It considers the use of energy in most aspects of data centre operations, including both the IT Load (the energy consumption by IT equipment in the data centre) and the Facilities Load (the energy used by the mechanical and electrical infrastructure that supports the IT load).

As well as reducing energy consumption, and therefore costs, participation also helps data centres to reduce their carbon footprints, so allowing them to promote their green credentials.

This Code of Conduct is a voluntary initiative aimed at bringing interested stakeholders together, including the coordination of other similar activities by manufacturers, vendors, consultants and utilities.

Being a participant data centre requires committing to:

  1. An initial energy measurement and energy audit to identify the major energy saving opportunities.
  2. Creating and implementing an approved Action Plan to an agreed time table.
  3. Regularly monitoring energy consumption to demonstrate improved energy efficiency.

Strategic use of Concertim 6 provides all of the reporting capabilities that a data centre would need to participate in the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

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