EU Green Deal & Data Centres.

In February we published on our twitter feed this tweet ”
An interesting snippet of information in this article We’ll comment (via our blog) once the document has been officially published” The article can also be read here and we said that we’d comment once the document has been officially published.

On the 19th February the EC published “Shaping Europe’s Digital Future” and you can find out about this new initiative here as well as a download link for the document.

In essence the EC has defined 3 key goals, “Technology that works for people”, ” A fair and competitive economy” and “An open, democratic and sustainable society”, in this last goal the statement goes on to say “A European way to digital transformation which enhances our democratic values, respects out fundamental rights and contributes to a sustainable, climate neutral and resource-efficient economy.

There is also graphic consisting of 9 pieces, one of which is “enforcement” so who knows what that could eventually mean?

The data centre sector was mentioned with the commission stating that “

“Data centres and telecommunications will need to become more
energy efficient, reuse waste energy, and use more renewable energy sources. They can and should become climate neutral by 2030.”

Of course, we’re very happy with this, as it underlines our projects core principles, which are to accelerate the sector into purchasing or building more renewable energy, using the waste heat, and smart IT migrations when renewable energy exists elsewhere, via the CATALYST marketplace

We feel that the Green DC assessment tool and Roadmap will assist organisations seeking to comply with the “spirit” of the new Green Deal BEFORE they are required to, under any enforcement or key actions undertaken by the EC but overall it is an exciting time for the project.

Dont forget that we have a number of events scheduled (subject to any restrictions caused by the Convid 19 Outbreak) as follows:

Data Centre World 11/12th March London Excel, Our Green IT Amsterdam Project Lead will be chairing a panel on heat reuse, opportunities and blockers, and presenting an update on the project the following day. – This event was cancelled as our Green IT PM was self insolating after a trip to Italy

Data Centre Forum 19th March Oslo Radisson Blu, Our Green IT Amsterdam Project Lead will be chairing one of the conference halls, and presenting the CATALYST update. CANCELLED – Covid 19

DCD Energy Smart 27/28th April Stockholm, The Brewery Conference Center, Our Green IT Amsterdam Project Lead will be chairing a panel on the CEEDA certification and hosting the 4th CATALYST Green Data Centre Stakeholder Group. CANCELLED, this event is now virtual and unfortunately, the format does not allow workshop type meetings

DDI/UN Data Centres 15th May, Copenhagen, UN City. Our Green IT Amsterdam Project Lead will be launching the Interactive Green Data Centre Roadmap and providing an update on the project. Postponed, see our events page for more information

Additional information and registration can be found on the CATALYST events page. Additional events are in planning for the remainder of the year.

We look forward to meeting with interested parties and we’ll be updating the website shortly with additional content and more events.


This post was edited on the 18th April 2020 as a result of migrating content from our old website to our new website!

At a glance

  • No: 768739
  • Acronym: CATALYST
  • Title: Converting data centres in energy flexibility ecosystems
  • Starting date: October 1, 2017
  • Duration in months: 36
  • Call identifier: H2020-EE-2017-RIA-IA
  • Topic: EE-20-2017; Bringing to market more energy efficient and integrated data centres