GEN – 837.00. The rise in the number and the continued building of new data centres has caught the attention of the European Commission’s DG Environment. Early in 2017, the Joint Research Centre in Seville together with a consortium led by Viegand Maagøe started a study that will develop procurement criteria.
Publication of the technical background documents and first criteria proposals
The below outlined documents have been published in advance of the first Ad-Hoc Working Group (AHWG1) meeting to be held in Seville, Spain on the 16th November 2017 on the BATIS on-line consultation system.
- Overview of first set of draft criteria: 3 pages, focused on the IT infrastructure
- Technical Background Report with first draft criteria proposals: 113 pages, focused on IT equipment, however, the criteria area ‘Mechanical and Electrical (M&E)’ performance concerns all the system and equipment aiming to the electrical supply and distribution to support IT loads and thermal operation of a data centre (e.g. UPS, compressors, heat rejection fans, pumps, cooling unit fans (CRAH = Computer Room Air Handler, humidifiers, ventilation fans, and the management of the waste heat available at a data centre site). This part of the report could benefit from additional input.
- Preliminary report: 151 pages, task 1 (scope and definitions), 2 (market analysis), and 3 (identification of environmental hotspots and costs structure)
Written comments on the first criteria proposals are invited and should be posted on the BATIS system at the latest by Friday 8th December 2017. Comments posted in BATIS will be available for the whole registered stakeholder group to see.
The aforementioned documents have also been posted on the publicly accessible JRC Product Bureau website.
Manufacturers supplying equipment for data centres are encouraged to register for this study via BATIS. Even though Green Public Criteria have a voluntary character, it is possible that they will have an impact once known within the world of data centres.
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