Sunday 22 February 2015

ESOS & Data Centres

Some of our readers will be aware of the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) which is the UK's interpretation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive Article 8 which requires all large organisations that qualify (over 250 employees, an annual turnover in excess of €50 Million (£38,937,777) and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43 Million (£33,486,489) (Conversion correct as of 16th Feb 2015) to undertake a MANDATORY energy audit of their organisation.
Further details can be found on the DECC and Environment Agency websites.

All organisations will have to get their audits "signed off" by ESOS Lead Assessors who can be found on a register located on the DECC website.

Areas of "significant energy consumption" are required to have their potential energy savings assessed and costed, however organisations are not required to implement any changes identified at this stage.
As data centres are significant users of energy, this means that data centres/server rooms will need to be audited, either as part of a larger organisation (enterprise) or colocation sites (wholesale).

Carbon3IT Ltd has sent one of its consultants to undertake official ESOS training to become lead assessors under the scheme and in a few weeks we expect to be on the official register and able to sign off energy audits for our customers.

Some exemptions apply to the scheme such as certification to the ISO Energy Management System Standard ISO 50001, however organisations holding this certification will still have to undertake an energy audit and have this signed off by a registered ESOS lead assessor.

Carbon3IT Ltd are leaders in the data centre auditing field, our MD is a certified data centre audit professional (CDCAP), reviews the applications for the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) on behalf of the EU-JRC, provides under contract assessment services to the BCS/DCD for the BCS Certified Energy Efficient Data Centre Award (CEEDA) more details here

We're currently working on a full ESOS/Data Centres package and will provide details of this, once its been finalised via our usual social media feeds and website.

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