EURECA project - UK
EURECA is designed to provide tailored solutions to help identify the cost saving opportunities whilst signposting the environmental impact of procurement choices in Datacenters.
On Energy Savings:
- Empowered the EU public sector to identify 131 GWh/year of primary energy savings through innovation (27.83 tCO2/year savings, with annual electricity bill savings of €7.1M).
- Analyzed over 338 Datacenters in Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK helping them identify the major energy saving opportunities.
- More than 10 EU policies, legislations & standards were informed by EURECA.
On Building Capacities:
-815 stakeholders trained through events held across Europe.
- 14 knowledge sharing events attracting 955 attendees were organized in 10 European countries.
The EURECA tool:
- A Data Centre Maturity Model (DCMM) to assess the technical age of datacentres, and to make informed decisions on the approach towards modernising them;
- A training package with 9 modules with presentations and video recording,
- A market directory containing more 200 products and services.
The EURECA project focused on empowering public procurement teams to tackle the problem of data centre energy efficiency and environmental soundness by developing common practices and procedures for Public Procurement of Innovation (PPI) and Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) for Datacentres. The project focused on the public sector because of their enormous IT buying power (more than 55.6 billion in Europe in 2015) and because of their landscape where 80% of public sector datacentres in Europe are small server rooms with less than 25 racks; 40% of servers in public sector datacentres are older than 5 years, but those account for 66% of energy consumption, while only producing 7% of the computing capacity and where the average annual server utilisation for public sector datacentres varied between 15% to 25%, sometimes being as low as 10%.
Any public sector procurers or datacenter managers & operators willing to have a better understanding of the energy efficiency of datacenters and their ecological footprint are able to implement what the EURECA team developed. All tools are available for free on the EURECA website.