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Data centre energy efficiency: 2018 Best Practice guidelines for the EU Code of Conduct

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A new technical report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Commision’s science and knowledge service, outlines the best practices on data centre efficiency according to the EU Code of Conduct.

The ICT sector, including data centres, generates up to 2% of global CO2 emissions, with data centres estimated to have the fastest growing carbon footprint from across the whole ICT sector.

The accelerated growth of the carbon footprint within this sector is mainly due to new business such as cloud computing and the rapid growth of the use of Internet services.

The European Code of Conduct for Data Centre Energy Efficiency programme, is a voluntary initiative that was created in 2008, as a response to the increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply security impacts. Companies participating on the Code of Conduct have to adopt best practices for energy management in data centres.

This report from the JRC is provided as an education and reference document as part of the Code of Conduct to assist data centre operators in identifying and implementing measures to improve the energy efficiency of their data centres. A broad group of expert reviewers from operators, vendors, consultants, academics, professional and national bodies have contributed to and reviewed the Best Practices.

This report provides a full list of the identified and recognised data centre energy efficiency best practices within the Code of Conduct. Customers or suppliers of IT services may also find it useful to request or provide a list of Code of Conduct Practices implemented in a data centre to assist in procurement of services that meet their environmental or sustainability standards.

A link to the full report can be found here:



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