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26 june 2020

Boden Type DC One approved as Participant in the EU Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres

The Boden Type DC consortium was informed in June 2020 that our application as a Participant in the EU Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres had been approved.

The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) is a series of 150+ best practices that can be applied to a data centre to make it more energy efficient. The practices can be implemented on legacy or new builds. It covers general management, IT procurement and operation, cooling technologies and operation, other data centre ancillary equipment, UPS selection and operation, some design principles and finally measurement and monitoring to a granular level. It also references other data centre concepts and guidance from around the world.

Boden Type One DC meets the vast majority of these best practices and has been accepted into the participant scheme.

The consortium appreciates the help of John Booth from Carbon3IT Ltd who attended the Boden Type DC One site in Jan/Feb 2019 to prepare and assist the project with the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres participant application forms pro bono apart from travel and accommodation costs.

John believes that “all EU organisations and those that receive funding from the EU for any project that involves a data centre site should, by rights also participate in the EU’s own scheme for designing and operating energy efficient data centres. It is important that the EU set a desirable example to all data centre owners and operators, especially when the EU has warned the sector that “Data Centres can and should be carbon neutral by 2030” and is considering legislation and other regulatory schemes, it stands to rights that an existing well used and recognised scheme should be used.

The Boden Type DC One is an excellent example of an energy efficient data centre site, albeit with a unique IT estate, mostly OCP and specialised equipment, and stripped down to the bone in terms of capital plant infrastructure, with free cooling and adiabatic systems and as you would expect, little in the way of other infrastructure that one would expect on a conventional site, but it is a testbed and this should be expected. It is effectively a blueprint for a hyper-edge site.”

John provided an update and his views on the site in his blog, which can be found https://carbon3it.blogspot.com/ He can be contacted on info@carbon3it.com for engagements on other sites.

The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres has been created in response to the increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply security impacts. The aim is to inform and stimulate data centre operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner without hampering the mission critical function of data centres. The Code of Conduct aims to achieve this by improving understanding of energy demand within the data centre, raising awareness, and recommending energy efficient best practices and targets. More here https://e3p.jrc.ec.europa.eu/communities/data-centres-code-conduct

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