TelecityGroup, Europe’s leading provider of premium network independent data centres, has won the European Commission Directorate General Joint Research Centre’s (JRC) ‘Corporate Level EU Code of Conduct For Data Centres’ award. The award, presented at the Data Centres 2011 event in Nice, recognises TelecityGroup’s industry-leading role in driving environmental best practice through advocacy of the Code.
The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres, originally launched in 2008 by the JRC, was the first practical set of guidelines designed to improve energy efficiency across the data centre industry. The Code is now established as the definitive industry practice for reducing carbon emissions in industry and has been widely adopted with more than 122 endorsers.
At Data Centres 2011, the JRC recognised companies that have implemented measures above and beyond those identified in the Code’s best practices. TelecityGroup was the first network independent data centre provider to apply the Code, the first to achieve Corporate Status and the first to have all its data centres audited to the recently updated version of the Code. Currently, more than one third of the data centre capacity accredited under the Code is operated by TelecityGroup, which is by far the largest single contributor to the efforts of this voluntary initiative.
Rob Coupland, COO, TelecityGroup, comments: “The Code of Conduct recognises that data centres are heavy consumers of energy, and with the central role they play in the digital economy the issue is likely to continue rising up the political agenda. The Code provides businesses with a sensible, practical and applicable set of measurements to improve efficiencies, helping to minimising the environmental impact of data centre operations as well as having a beneficial effect on the bottom line. We’re delighted the EC JRC has recognised our role in driving advocacy of the Code, and we look forward to working with them on future projects to further minimise the environmental impact of data centres.”