Asia Pacific Future Gov today reported of a new Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres by the Singapore government. This guide was created to aid organisations in setting relevant policies, systems and processes to improve the energy efficiency of data centres in Singapore and reduce their environmental impact. The full article is below.
Asia Pacific Future Gov: Singapore government releases green data centre standard
The government of Singapore has announced a new metric to guide data centres in the country in enhancing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
The creation of the Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres is also aimed at stimulating the adoption of the green agenda in the data centre industry.
The new Standard was unveiled at a joint event of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore and SPRING Singapore on March 31.
According to information from the partnering agencies, the Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres was created to aid organisations in setting relevant policies, systems and processes to improve the energy efficiency of data centres in Singapore and reduce their environmental impact.
The Standard for Green Data Centres was developed by the IDA in conjunction with the National IT Standards Committee.
The IDA initiated the creation of the Standard to accelerate the adoption of Green Data Centres in the country.
The department believes that one hurdle in the national adoption of Green Data Centres has been the lack of established Green Data Centre standards and metrics, which prohibited the evaluation of energy efficiency and energy efficiency gains of data centres.
“Fostering synergies among different players in the infocomm ecosystem will increase its vibrancy, and also lead to new business opportunities,” Ronnie Tay, Chief Executive Officer of IDA, has said in the past.
According to information from the IDA, the Standard will offer organisations a recognised framework and a logical consistent methodology to attain continuous improvement in their data centre facilities.
The Standard is patterned after the ISO 50001 standard on energy management, which is currently being developed by ISO, and is specifically suited to the needs of data centres in Singapore.
“The standard adopts the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methodology, an iterative, four step problem-solving process used for continuous process improvement,” said a statement from the IDA. “The PDCA cycle forms the basis for many established management standards, which have successfully stimulated substantial, continual efficiency improvements within organisations around the world.”
The Standard will also outline a set of performance indicators for data centres in the country to calculate their energy efficiency. Also included is a comprehensive set of recommended industry best practices across different aspects of data centre operations and design.
These best practices on regulating the management of electrical, mechanical and IT equipment, as well as the design of DCs.
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