Ppt6 london - james harbridge ( intellect uk ) crc policy update
Policy Update from Intellect Data Centres ProgrammeJames Harbidge, Programme Manager, Intellect
The political landscape for data centres... and why you should care!Content- Who are Intellect?- Intellect’s Data Centres Programme- The ‘Green Agenda’ for data centres – Industry progress – Political barriers – Where are we now?- The wider battle to be won – Data Centres underpinning the UK economy – now and in future – A confusing policy landscape- Why does this matter?- What to take away to the commercial world
Who are we? Good for UK Technology Good for UK Plc Good for the UK
Representing the industry to... Consumer Groups Government Analysts & & Regulators Agencies Media Europe Other NetworksCommercially Member led neutral
Intellect Data Centres ProgrammeRepresents a cross-section of the industry: - Colocation operators - Enterprise operators Industry Driving Representation Professionalism - Managed services - Networking Intellect - Broader IT services Thought Cross-sector - Consulting leadership Networking - Legal services - Real estate
The ‘Green’ agenda...Good industry progress• Intellect endorsed the EU Code of Conduct as the first practical set of guidelines to improve energy efficiency within the data centre industry – and this remains the case.• Increasing sharing of best practice - we have been very pleased to see the Green Grid Maturity Model and broad take-up of PUE (if understood correctly).
However... These have been industry led - they must be complemented by policy direction suitable for the data centre sector. This requires an understanding of data centres as the backbone of the UK economy which will underpin the move to a low carbon economy.
Why is this important?Data Centres underpin all the technologies that enable a lowcarbon economy, such as smart grid, intelligent transport systems,smart buildings and smart cities.
A growing industry with enormouspotential The growth in data centres is due to the global demand for data.The growth in the UK sector has mirrored the growth in demand for data, with operators reporting over 15% growth per annum
A taste of the policy landscape... Climate Change Climate Change EU EmissionsCarbon Reduction Levy Agreements Trading SchemeCommitment Energy EII Compensation Technologies List Policy Policy Risk for the uncertainty unsuitability UK Dept for Energy & Dept for Business Green Economy Climate Change Innovation & Skills Council Treasury DEFRA UKTI
The wider image of the sector... ‘Most data centres, by design, consume vast amounts of energy in an incongruously wasteful manner’‘Power, Pollutionand the Internet’ ‘fantasy sports and photo sharing’
Intellect’s role/Where are we now?Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) • Long-time concern for data centre operators • Over 2 years of emphasising its failings led by Intellect • Chancellor announced in March 2012 Budget that CRC would be reformed or scrapped this Autumn • Now we wait – look out for the Autumn Statement on 5 DecemberClimate Change Agreement (CCA) • Intellect is in dialogue with DECC to negotiate a CCA if possible • We are gathering energy data from as many operators as possible • Not just better than CRC but an appropriate policy tool going forwards.
Why does this all matter?DCD research suggests that $35 The construction phase, a single billion will be invested in data data centre represents around centres around the world over £100M of inward investment the next 12 months alone, of just for the buildwhich, 25% will be in Europe. The wrong policy environment puts the UKs traditionally leading position at risk and hampers the transition to a low carbon economy. The UK can be at the forefront of green data centre development – and should be
In summary...• Data Centres underpin the digital agenda in the UK and are at the heart of the low carbon economy• The industry has taken steps to encourage efficiency and best practice• This must be complemented by a policy environment appropriate to a major industry• The industry, and the need for it, is only growing – so data centres need to be in the policy landscape If done, the potential for the UK data centres industry, environmentally and commercially, is enormous.
Further informationFor questions and further information onIntellect and its work, please contact:James Harbidge, Programme ManagerJames.Harbidge@intellectuk.org020 7331 2173