January 24 (Renewables Now) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) has joined Swiss tech industry association digitalswitzerland and several academic institutions to launch the Swiss Data Center Efficiency Label at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The group founded the Swiss Datacenter Efficiency Association (SDEA), which will award the new label for achieving excellence in the matters of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of data centre and IT infrastructures.
The founders said the label’s initial goal is to decarbonise data centres in Switzerland and spur them into curbing their overall energy consumption. In the medium term, the initiative is to serve as a blueprint for wider adoption of the label’s criteria.
The Swiss Data Center Efficiency Label's criteria were first tested on ten pilot users. These implemented the required energy efficiency technologies and procedures and achieved energy savings of up to 7%. Five of the participants accomplished the results through 100% carbon-neutral energy sources.
While data centres currently consume 1% of global electricity, this share tends to rise in popular hubs like Switzerland, according to the label’s founders. They say that electricity consumption by Swiss data centres was estimated to account for 2.8% of the nation’s total in 2015.