4 July 2014
A Climate Change Agreement (CCA) for the UK data centre industry has come into force, which will provide incentives for the sector to be more energy efficient.
The agreements allow energy intensive sectors to claim discounts from carbon taxes in return for implementing energy efficient measures designed to help the UK meet carbon reduction targets.
There are around 50 CCAs across various sectors, and the inclusion of the data centre industry was announced in chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement last year. The legislation came into force on Tuesday.
Emma Fryer, associate director of climate change programmes at techUK said: "The data centre CCA stipulates that operators will have to make a 30 per cent reduction in non-IT energy consumption between 2011 and 2020 via the implementation of energy efficient measures.
"As this target is sector specific, focused on colocation data centres, benefit will derive from many sources including reduced energy costs, improved energy stewardship and sector governance, increased investor confidence and ultimately industry competitiveness."
CBRE said the CCA was a "significant milestone" for the industry, and demonstrated government recognition of the sector as a mature industry needing its own legislation.
Andrew Jay, executive director, EMEA Data Centres, at CBRE, and chairman of the Data Centre Council at techUK, said: "The CCA marks the start of full recognition for a sector that underpins the entire economy but to date has been left unchecked and largely misunderstood by policy makers."