Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Data Centres: Second Cluster Workshop

September 15, 2014

RenewIT took part in the second face to face meeting of the European Commission’s research cluster on Data Centres in an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly Internet, held on 10th September 2014 in Brussels. This cluster of six European funded projects – RenewIT plus DC4Cities, Dolphin, GEYSER, GENiC, GreenDataNet, and earlier projects CoolEmAll and All4Green – is coordinating the development of metrics for energy and resource use across the projects. RenewIT is leading the work on methodologies to measure and calculate the new metrics proposed by the cluster.

The cluster’s first task was to define the choice of established and new metrics covering not only power but also workload shifting, renewable energy sources, and recovery and reuse of energy. Now the cluster is focussing on methodologies and standardisation of these metrics.

The cluster is in liaison with international standards defining organisations including ISO/IEC and its key subcommittee, SC39 on standards for sustainability by and for Information Technology, and the European standards organisations CEN, CENELEC and ETSI, and was also represented at a European Commission workshop on policy and methodologies for environmentally sound Data Centres held on 1st April 2014.