Why data centers are key to achieving emissions targets

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CSC’s UK Kent and Denmark data centers achieved the ISO50001 Energy Management standard

In my last post I announced that CSC had set a bold new target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 18 percent by 2018 (against a 2012 baseline) following a roundtable with President Obama.

This new target, although stretching, will help us focus our efforts on new and innovative ways to continue to reduce our emissions while reducing costs and delivering value for our customers. Accounting for 60 percent of our emissions, our data centers will remain a key focus of our strategy.

Driving energy efficiency in our data centers

It’s hard to imagine how our global economy would function without data centers. Some house the servers which act as the engines of the internet, while others securely store vast quantities of data for organizations. However, the need to keep the computing equipment within data centers cool, means that they can be extremely energy hungry.

Estimates suggest that globally, around one percent of the world’s energy is used just to cool computers. With internet data predicted to triple to around 121 exabytes by 2017, data centers will be the fastest growing part of the global IT sector’s energy footprint. Their energy demand is predicted to increase 81 percent by 2020.

CSC data center achieves ISO 50001

Last year saw our Kent data centers achieve ISO 50001, the international standard for energy management systems. The standard, which is designed to continually improve energy-related performance and efficiency, has already helped us to reduce operating costs and improve energy performance.

In my next blog, we’ll be speaking to my colleague Stephen Brown who leads our EMEA and international data centers, about security, performance and why a new energy reduction target is good news for our customers.






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