Monthly Archives: March 2010

Major Milestone Hit (Richard Stern)

Work finally starts on Monday (29th March 2010) beginning with the set-up of the site office then strip-out of the room. Next phase will then by the Mechanical and Electrical installations, installation of replacement generator (requiring a power-down), connection of fire detection and suppression systems, other BMS connections, Rack installations, testing and handover.

CRC Commitment is rapidly approaching (Richard Stern);

• Only 16 days until legislation comes into effect.
• Are you one of the 20,000 companies who will be either a full CRC participant or required to make an Information Disclosure under the scheme?
• CRC is a mandatory scheme which places legal obligations on companies to monitor and report CO2 emissions and purchase allowances to cover each tonne of CO2 emitted.
• Has your company assessed the implications of CRC?

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme (formerly known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment) is the UK’s mandatory climate change and energy saving scheme, due to start in April 2010.

It is central to the UK’s strategy for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, as set out in the Climate Change Act 2008. It has been designed to raise awareness in large organisations, especially at senior level, and encourage changes in behaviour and infrastructure.

RC is designed to improve energy efficiency in large organisations. It will operate as a ‘cap and trade’ mechanism, providing a financial incentive to reduce energy use by putting a price on carbon emissions from energy use. In CRC, organisations buy allowances equal to their annual emissions. The overall emissions reduction target is achieved by placing a ‘cap’ on the total allowances available to each group of CRC participants. Within that overall limit, individual organisations can determine the most cost-effective way to reduce their emissions. This could be through buying extra allowances or investing in ways to decrease the number of allowances they need to buy.

All the money raised through the allowances will be recycled back to participants, according to how well they perform. The scheme features an annual performance league table that ranks participants on energy efficiency performance. Together with the financial and reputational considerations, the scheme encourages organisations to develop energy management strategies that promote a better understanding of energy usage.

The scheme is designed to tackle CO2 emissions not already covered by Climate Change Agreements and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. The scheme will cover large public and private sector organisations, who are responsible for about 10 percent of the UK’s emissions. This will affect around 20,000 organisations and yours could be one of them.

Organisations are eligible for CRC if they (and their subsidiaries) have at least one half-hourly electricity meter (HHM) settled on the half-hourly market. They also qualify if their total half-hourly electricity consumption exceeded 6,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) during 2008. Initially, we estimate around 5,000 organisations will qualify, including supermarkets, water companies, banks, local authorities and all central Government Departments. Qualifying organisations will have to comply legally with the scheme or face financial and other penalties.

For more info go to the Governments Official web site:

Standard for Data Centre Cleanliness (Richard Stern)

Did you know there is a standard for data centre cleaning, based on clean or critical enviroment standards,. The ISO 14644 series of standards (14644-1 to 14644-9) are a series of documents that establish various classifications for cleanliness as well as methods for testing compliance, test methods, design/constructions/start up considerations, and others.,3XIF,1SF1MW,C7IQ,1

Interpreting Climate Change Data (Steve Phipps)

It’s easy to be confused when looking at articles on climate change and carbon management. Someone once said that there are “Lies, damned lies and statistics” and perhaps the greater sin is not, to publish or use statistics to bolster or give credence to a false (or hopeful?) statement, but to interpret them lazily or using false assumptions. Extrapolating data without an understanding of the underlying mathematical models can be disastrous. So it is that I draw your attention to this site I happened upon today:

, that gives a neat description of the impact of Carbon on climate change.

As we grapple with the challenges of justifying spending large amounts of scarce capital resources in order to save on our electricity and carbon bills in the future, it is wise to ensure that we don’t overstate our case. If one needs any evidence from the recent past to show how scaremongering can damage the professionalism of our industry, one only needs to look at the furore over the hundreds of millions spent on the Y2K bug.

If you know of any other sites that explain these concepts simply then please let me know.

CRC Vs CCA (Richard Stern)

The UK Carbon Reduction Commitment has driven many people to distraction trying to figure out what the impact (cost and brand impact) to their businesses might be as far as their data centre estate is concerned. Particularly troublesome is that for anyone providing data centre’s as a ‘service’ there is no ability within the current CRC structure to pass the Carbon ‘bill’ onto the consumer of the energy.

Enter the CCA (Climate Change Agreement), CCA’s have been around for a while and have been used to tackle energy reduction and driving emissions improvements within the sectors who lead the CO2 emissions league. One of the positive things about a CCA is that they can get you out of CRC under the right conditions, however they of course bring their own reporting and reduction obligations. Some would argue that the cost of reporting under a CCA verses the CRC could be benefitial to the data centre industry.

The equation is complex as a CCA requires the recognition of the industry sector in its own right, should data centres be recognised as an industry in their own right? Or would that simply make us an easy target for future legislation. Anonymity and lack of recognition has its benefits too! Clearly though further investigation and debate is required.

Taken from BCS:,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

Notes from the Conference/Debate soon.