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New Singapore Green Data Centre Standard

Ross O. Storey | March 31, 2011
Energy efficiency standard to assist 50 per cent data centre growth in Singapore by 2015.

Singapore Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) CEO RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay.

SINGAPORE, 31 MARCH 2011 - Singapore has developed a set of standards to ensure that data centres have clear guidelines to improve their energy efficiency and to minimize their environmental impact.

 The new standard, jointly announced today by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and the enterprise development agency SPRING Singapore, is a certifiable management system that provides a framework and methodology to achieve energy efficiency. SPRING works with partners to help enterprises in financing, capabilities and management development, technology and innovation, and access to markets.

 The announcements states that the 10 largest data centre operators in Singapore consume energy equivalent to 130,000 households.  The commercial data centre space in Singapore is forecast, by the BroadGroup, to grow by 50 per cent from 2010 to 2015. 

 "Data centre-related costs will also continue to increase, largely driven by energy costs," the statement said. "Gartner estimated that energy-related costs account for about 12 per cent of overall data centre expenditure and is the fastest rising cost in the data centre. Capturing these cost savings for Singapore on a concerted basis will provide a significant boost to the cost competitiveness of Singapore's DC industry."


Green data centre standard

 The new 'Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres - Energy and Environmental Management Systems (SS564:2010)' has been developed by the IT Standards Committee (ITSC) together with the IDA and SPRING Singapore.

 The standard is modelled after established international management system standards, and is based on the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) continual improvement framework. It has already been adopted by 1-Net, Singapore's National Library Board , Singapore Telecommunications, Resorts World Sentosa, IBM, Keppel Datahub, and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) High Performance Computing Centre.

 IDA CEO RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay said that data centres are critical in supporting the development and operations of nearly every sector of the economy. 

 "At the same time, they are contributors to the carbon footprint given their heavy usage of energy," Tay said. "The Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres is therefore very timely and will enable greater energy efficiency and environmental sustainability in our data centres."

 Energy efficiency guide

 SPRING Singapore Deputy CEO, RADM (NS) Tan Kai Hoe said the Singapore Standard for Green Data Centres SS564 provides a framework and methodology to measure their energy efficiency. 

 "The methodology serves as a common benchmark to help data centres track their performance and identify areas for improvement," Tan said.

 "Certified data centres not only benefit from reduced costs and higher efficiency, they can also gain recognition from their clients and industry partners for good energy and environment management practices.  This will help open up market opportunities for these companies."



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