Europe, the U.S. and Japan adopt a common standard for data centres' energy efficiency
The Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) measurement standard has been chosen by Government organisations in three continents as the common standard for measuring the energy efficiency of data centres. This will allow data centre operators to measure, calculate, improve and communicate the energy efficiencies of their data centres worldwide.
The PUE measurement standard was established and developed by a task force which included the JRC, the Green Grid Association (the IT industry's association for efficiency in data centres), the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japanese Green IT Promotion Council.
Global Harmonisation Task Force for Data Centre Metrics - PUE meeting in Japan, 15-16 Feb 2011© JEITA, 2011
The PUE standard will be applied by data centre operators in the U.S, Europe, and Japan. It determines the amount of energy used by a data centre considering the amount of IT gear inside of it (e.g. servers, etc.).
The JRC is a full partner in the harmonisation task force for data centre measurement standards. For this work, it provided technical knowledge and expertise gained through its work on the ICT Codes of Conduct for energy efficiency in collaboration with Member State experts.
European Codes of Conduct for ICT (managed by the JRC):
- EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres
- EU Code of Conduct on Energy Consumption of Broadband Communication Equipment