U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Data Center Efficiency Efforts Nextgov Prime December 3, 2012
What Is ENERGY STAR? • Voluntary labeling program managed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) • Strategic approach to energy management, promoting energy efficient products and practices • Tools and resources to help save money and protect the environment • Influential brand recognized by over 80 percent of Americans
ENERGY STAR 20th Anniversary • Together with help from ENERGY STAR, American families and businesses have saved a total of nearly $230 billion on utility bills & prevented more than 1.7 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the past 20 years.
What Are ENERGY STAR QualifiedProducts? • More than 65 product categories (www.energystar.gov/products) • Over 1,700 manufacturers use ES to differentiate more than 40,000 models • In 2011, Americans: – Purchased more than 200 million ES qualified products – Prevented about 210 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions ––equivalent to annual emissions of 41 million vehicles.
Federal Purchasing Requirements • Federal Agencies must buy: – ENERGY STAR-qualified products – Products that exceed FEMP-designated efficiency requirements, AND – Low standby power products • Required by: – Law, Executive Order, and the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) – FAR 23.2 and 52.223-15 – Codified at 42 U.S.C. 8259 (EPAct 1992, 2005, EISA 2007) • Applies to: – U.S. Government (all agencies that use the FAR) purchases, contracts, specifications for purchases
Data Center Efficiency Requires aTwo-Pronged Approach • Addressing Products in Data Center • Addressing Data Center Buildings and Operations
ENERGY STAR IT Products • Current specifications – Computers – Displays (monitors and professional) – Servers – Imaging – Uninterruptible Power Supplies • New specifications – Storage – Data center cooling – Small networking equipment – Large networking equipment
Standardized Information on ProductsNeeded ENERGY STAR Power and Performance Data Sheet (PPDS) tool – Displays the in-depth information that purchasers and users look for – Standardizes the way this information is communicated – Operators can more easily compare products on energy use
Conducting Outreach and Educationon Products • ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign – Agency tool for conducting outreach – Targeted audience • Data center facility managers (with a focus on in-house and co-location data centers) • Chief Information Officers • Other decision makers on savings opportunities – Focal point for a range of resources • Top 12 Ways to Save • Case studies on best practices and demonstrated savings
Addressing the infrastructure andefficiency of the data centers– EPA has developed a resource that outlines the top twelve ways to decrease overall data center energy use– Focuses on low cost steps that organizations can take to significantly improve data center efficiency– Addresses everything from updating and consolidating technology, managing data center air flow, and improving HVAC system operation– The Number One recommended step is server virtualization which involves consolidating multiple, independent servers to a single physical server, operate the remaining servers more efficiently, and reduce energy costs by 10% to 40%
Thank you • Contact information: Una Song 202-343-9024 Song.Una@epa.gov