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EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Data Centres (GEN – 906.00)

16 May 2018

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2017 - Data centre
General

EU Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria for Data Centres (GEN – 906.00)

16 May 2018

2 min read

GEN – 906.00. In advance of the second Ad-Hoc Working Group (AHWG2) meeting to be held in the format of a webinar on 29 and 30 May 2018, the second criteria proposals have been published on the JRC Product Bureau website.

Background preparatory study ENTR Lot 9 ‘Enterprise servers,data storage and ancillary equipment’

It is expected that in 2018 the Policy Officer will make progress on this file and that possibly a proposal for regulation will result. It was indicated previously that the Policy Officer would wait for the outcome of the discussions on GPP.

GPP criteria

In February 2017, the European Union Joint Research Centre (JRC), together with a consortium led by Viegand Maagøe,has started to develop Green Public Procurement (GPP) criteria. Member States can use on a voluntary basis to (or not to) make use of GPP. The GPP criteria should be developed within an 18 to 24 months period.

In view of the possible link to a possible Ecodesign measure, it makes sense for manufacturers that would be concerned to look at the development of GPP.

A first stakeholder meeting took place on 17 November 2017. It was followed by an exchange on the first set of criteria that were proposed at the time. By now, the proposals focus on environmental performance in three broad criteria areas: IT equipment, Mechanical & Electrical equipment and the Data Centre as a system. In the first 2017 documents, reference was made to Eurovent Certita Certification programme for IT Cooling Units (ITCU),

As for the second criteria, proposals have now been published on the JRC in advance of the webinar that will take place on 29 and 30 of May 2018.

Written comments on the documents and criteria proposals are requested from registered stakeholders and should be posted on the BATIS system at the latest by Wednesday 27 June 2018.

Involvement of Eurovent Affiliated Manufacturers

Manufacturers grouped mainly within PG-AC (Air Conditioners), PG-HE (Heat Exchangers), PG-LCP-HP (Liquid Chilling Packages & Heat Pumps), PG-CT (Evaporative Cooling Equipment), and PG-AHU (Air Handling Units) provide solutions to control the temperature levels in data centres. Due to the rise in the number of data centres, they may be interested in these developments. 

Recommended Actions

The related Product Groups would do well to consider the developments and consider participation into the webinar on 29 and 30 May 2018. 

Those stakeholders who have not yet registered will need to do so to access the on-line consultation via BATIS. Guidance on how to use BATIS is provided here. If you have any queries about how to use BATIS please contact the helpdesk at: JRC-IPTS-PRODUCT-BUREAU@ec.europa.eu

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