EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres

The Code of Conduct is a voluntary initiative aimed to bring interested stakeholders together to improve the understanding of energy demands within data centres, raise awareness and suggest energy efficient best practice techniques and processes in the design, construction and operation of data centres.

EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres

RED has designed and delivered some of the world’s most energy efficient data centres, many of them award winning. Our focus is on innovative, low energy solutions and our experience of adapting traditional design techniques and developing new ones to maximise the efficiency and simplify operational requirements of modern data centres is industry leading.

Using industry-leading software analysis tools, RED calculates and analyses energy efficiency benefits, costs and power demand for a wide range of power and cooling technologies presenting the information using industry standard metrics.

Our consultancy services reach a wide range of clients and industry partners across Europe and internationally. We are committed to minimising the environmental effect of the facilities which we design and fully endorse the European Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

What is the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres?

In response to increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the associated environmental, economic and energy supply security impacts, The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres was created to inform and encourage data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost effective manner without impacting upon the function of the data centre. The Code of Conduct is a voluntary initiative aimed to bring interested stakeholders together to improve understanding of energy demands within data centres, raising awareness and suggesting energy efficient best practice techniques and processes in the design, construction and operation of data centres.  

What are the aims and objectives of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres?

The objective of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres is to raise awareness of the opportunities to reduce energy consumption in data centres throughout Europe and provide advice on how to improve the efficiency of the data centre infrastructure and equipment.

Who is the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres aimed at?

  1. Data Centre Operators and Companies with Data Centres can qualify as “Participants” of The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.
  2. Manufacturers and Service Providers that align their solutions and services with energy efficient best practice strategies and promote the EU Code of Conduct to clients, suppliers and industry partners are publicly acknowledged as an “Endorser” and supporter of The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres Programme.

What are the benefits of the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres?

Using a data centre operator who is a participant in the Code, or even becoming a participant of the Code yourself, demonstrates your organisation’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. This can be a key part of a positioning strategy as the Code is an independent and broadly recognised standard. Participant status within the Code is already being used in some cases as part of a wider selection criteria in procurement and as a sustainability differentiator.

How is the process undertaken and how are Participants and Endorsers Assessed?

Participants and Endorsers make applications for membership following a defined process which illustrates their intentions and commitment to the Code. Annually all members submit a return which illustrates their on-going commitment to the code.

Further information on the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres

For further information on the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres initiative, visit http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/energyefficiency/ict-codes-conduct/data-centres-energy-efficiency

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