Data Centres and Environmental Regulation

Since the publication of the Stern report, climate change and measures to reduce the carbon emissions of business have been placed firmly on the agenda of regulators and legislators around the world.

In the UK at a local level, organisations such as the London Energy Partnership are looking at ways to coordinate the Capital’s resources to cut carbon emissions; nationally the government is planning legislation for a low-carbon economy; and in Europe directives such as RoHS, WEEE and the more recent EuP in the electronics industry, are aligning whole industry sectors with the EU’s climate change goals.

Environmental regulation is a reality and it will certainly increase over the next 20 years.

With a power requirement of anything up to fifty times that of equivalent office work space, data centre operators and owners should be well aware that this wave of regulation and legislation is likely to have a disproportionate impact on them and their businesses.

The question we have to ask ourselves is how do we manage this regulation and work with it, rather than find ourselves standing against it.