DCN October 2017 - Page 26

Green IT Eco Warriors Chris Wellfair, projects director at Secure I.T. Environments, explains how the EU Ecodesign directive impacts the data centre and why January 1 is a date to be mindful of. H eard of EU Directive 2009/125/EC? The EU Ecodesign directive, as it is better known, was first introduced in 2009 and defined a framework of mandatory requirements for products that use energy, or are related to the use of energy. Put simply, its aim is to ensure that when manufacturers are designing products, they consider the environmental impact 26 | October 2017 of those products, particularly in terms of energy use, but also recyclability, materials, water requirements, refrigerants and other pollutants. It affects products sold in all 28 member states of the EU, and regardless of how future Brexit negotiations unfold it will continue to impact the UK, as the government (at the time of writing) plans to roll existing EU legislation into UK law. One example we have all encountered is the banning and gradual phase out of incandescent lamps, as they failed to meet the minimum standards. This alone has led to huge energy savings, but there are of course categories much closer to data centre design that have been impacted by the directive. Of the initial 10 product groups initially covered by the directive, the following all relate