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EU Code of Conduct for Datacentres

19th April 2010: on365 granted endorser status for the European Code of Conduct on Datacentres by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) – the EU’s scientific and technical research laboratory.

This means that on365 - a specialist in the planning, installing, management and optimisation of physical IT infrastructure and utility services – will be harnessing the JRC’s practical innovations to help reduce clients’ datacentre energy consumption.MORE>
      EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres

EU Stand-by Initiative : The European Actions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Electrical Equipment while either OFF or in Stand-by

Stand-by power of electrical equipment is the electricity consumed by end-use devices when they are switched off or not performing their main function. Stand-by power consumption is an increasing fraction of the European Union’s electricity use and the fast penetration of new and digital technology is likely to increase this share. It is estimated that stand-by power already accounts for about 10% of the electricity use in homes and offices of the EU Member States. Recently, the European Climate Change Programme indicated the urgent need to take actions to reduce stand-by losses (see press release).

      EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres

Technology exists to avoid or reduce stand-by power consumption. As for other energy efficiency initiatives for end-use equipment, actions taken at EU level avoid creating trade barriers as the levels and requirements for equipment will be the same throughout the EU market. Moreover, the more equipment is covered, the larger are the energy and environmental benefits.

As a first step the European Commission concluded in 1997 a negotiated agreement with individual consumer electronic manufacturers and the EU trade association EACEM to reduce the stand-by losses of TVs and VCRs. Later on in year 2000 a a second agreement for reducing the stand-by losses of audio equipment was concluded. In the year 2003 a new agreement for TVs and DVDs was concluded [for more information contact EICTA ].

In 1999 a Commission Communication to the Council and the European Parliament on Policy Instruments to Reduce Stand-by Losses of Consumer Electronic Equipment set the political frame for further actions in this field. As a result of the Council Conclusions on the Communication two Code of Conducts, for External Power Supplies and for Digital TV Services, were introduced.

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Another important piece of the Commission and EU strategy is the Energy Star Agreement for office equipment between the EU and the USA. (EU ENERGY STAR Programme)

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Data Centre Code of Conduct Introductory Guide Data Centre Code of Conduct Introductory Guide
The final European Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency, version 1 The final European Code of Conduct on Data Centres Energy Efficiency, version 1
The Best Practice Guidelines, version 1 The Best Practice Guidelines, version 1

Information courtesy of the End-use Energy Efficiency Activities at the European Commission Joint Research Center

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