The development of the digital economy has led to an increasing demand for data supported by the continuing construction, across Europe, of data centres of all sizes serving a large variety of business applications. This has resulted in increased energy demand. It is necessary to manage this demand and to consider the related environmental and economic impacts.
A data centre encompasses a great variety of products and systems. Many different industries are involved in the design and the operation of a data centre. Within the framework of the complicated and challenging objective to manage energy consumption there is a need to give guidance to stakeholders in the industry for energy management and environmental viability by providing a foundation of standards on data centres.
The CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centres (CEN/CLC/ETSI CG GDC)
Over the last few years, all European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) have been involved in developing standards related to data centres. In 2010 CENELEC BT/WG 132-3 made the recommendation to establish a joint European coordination group with the task to manage and coordinate European activities and standardization works related to data centres energy efficiency.
The CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group on Green Data Centres (CEN/CLC/ETSI CG GDC) is a joint activity of the three ESOs which comprises representatives of the ESOs together with stakeholders of industry and EU projects.
The CG GDC developed a report entitled 'Standardization Landscape - Energy management and environmental viability of data centres' (pdf format, 2017 version) which records existing standards addressing energy management of data centre and identifies standardization gaps.
The CG GDC also provides an 'Executive Summary of the Standardization Landscape' (pdf format, 2017 version). The recommendations and guidance contained in the document are the result of the close cooperation of all stakeholders jointly with the ESOs.