Haarlem (Netherlands) New Data Centre Policy

After a year long pause, the Dutch Muncipality of Haarlemmemeer has agreed a new policy on data centre construction, our partner Green IT Amsterdam have indicated that they will be commenting on the policy once its been published (within two weeks) as part of the 6 week consultation period.

We note that “Only the most innovative, sustainable and green data centers are welcome,” Alderman Marja Ruigrok (Economic Affairs and Innovation).” and pleased that the existing Green IT Amsterdam/Schiphol Airport Development Company (SADC) Datacenters Sustainability Framework has probably formed the basis of the policy together with other stakeholder proposals.

More information can be found on these press releases:



The GIT/SADC Datacentre Sustainability Framework was orginally prepared with the CATALYST project in mind and includes the use of building certifications (BREEAM) renewable energy, waste heat reuse and the adoption of global data centre energy efficiency and sustainability standards such as the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres & the EN 50600 series.

From our initial review of the map, it appears that at least two of the sites proposed will be covered by the framework.

We’ll be keeping a watchful eye and look forward to the City of Amsterdam releasing similar proposal in the next few weeks.

It is clear that the CATALYST principles are now filtering down to local authorities and that all data centre/center designers, builders and operators should be reviewing the material created by the project with a view to its use in future designs, especially in the Netherlands.

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