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Herts data centre wins EU approval

The University of Hertfordshire has been named the first European university to comply with the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

The Code of Conduct provides a platform to bring together European stakeholders to develop and agree voluntary actions which will improve data centre efficiency energy efficiency.

The University was appointed as a participant following the completion of its ‘Reduction and Re-use of Energy in Institutional Data Centres’ (RARE-IDC) project which reduced the University’s carbon footprint from 1,394 carbon tons to just 773 carbon tons for the same IT loading.

The RARE-IDC project – part-funded under  the Joint Information Systems Committee’s (JISC) Institutional Innovation programme – involved the refurbishment of one of the University’s data centres, and the development of a waste heat management system to enable the facility, along with the building within which it is based, contained to run more efficiently. Since completion the solution has demonstrated cost savings of £20,000 per year, and will eventually deliver around £34,000 per year, the University claims.

“It is great to be recognised by the EU as constantly seeking to improve the sustainability of our data centres and lower information technology costs for our institution,” University of Hertfordshire data centre manager Steve Bowes-Phipps.

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