Wednesday, 25 July 2012

The Green Grid reports on the data centre impact of green legislation in EMEA

Green GridThe Green Grid has released a report that shows the impact of EMEA policies on the data centre industry. It highlights the impact of current and planned policies on the building and operation of data centres at the international, regional and national level. It also provides data centre managers with advise on how to best adapt to rapidly changing policy environments.

The report, Energy Policy Research & Implications For Data Centres In EMEA, summarises policy across 12 countries – UK, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates – as well as EU and international policies. It focuses on four areas: government regulatory obligations; relevant voluntary mechanisms; financial incentives for employing low carbon technology and practices; and the policies which add financial costs.

For the UK, for example, the research covers building regulations for energy performance, the financial incentives of Feed In Tariffs and Enhanced Capital Allowances, the cost implications of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC), and the voluntary Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) scheme.

The white paper is free for Green Grid members but costs non-members $200.


A must for those with responsibility for international data centre operations. Something that should be discussed at board level and integrated into international business strategy. Meeting, and hopefully exceeding, national regulations will be much more easily achieved if it’s part of a business plan, rather than a piecemeal reaction to legislation as it is introduced.

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