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Singapore strives to ‘green’ data centres

Anushkar Mohinani | April 1, 2011
IDA and its partners roll out a suite of measures to steer local data centres towards better energy efficiency.

Ronnie Tay

RADM (NS) Ronnie Tay, CEO of IDA, at the Green Data Centre Forum

SINGAPORE, 1 APRIL 2011 - The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) yesterday (31 March) announced its initiatives intended to drive energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of data centres in Singapore.

"The first initiative - the Singapore Standard for 'Green Data Centres: Energy and Environmental Management Systems' - the SS564 for short - has officially been launched," said Ronnie Tay, chief executive officer of IDA.  He was speaking at the Green Data Centre Forum hosted by the IDA and SPRING Singapore at the Singapore Management University.

Developed by the IDA together with the Information Technology Standards Committee (ITSC), the SS564 is a certifiable management system designed to provide data centre operators with a framework and methodology to assess their energy performance and improve on energy efficiency.

"The SS564 is the worlds first in integrating energy and environment management system together with performance metrics and recommended best practices," Tay highlighted.


Rating and recognition

Tay also said that the IDA together the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore are in the midst of developing what they call the "BCA-IDA Green Mark for Data Centres", which is a rating system that will enable data centres to benchmark their degree of greenness.

"The rating system will be ready for piloting in the second half of this year," said Tay. Through this initiative, IDA expects to encourage more data centres to improve their performance efficiency.

Besides developing a common yardstick, Tay said that the IDA is issuing an innovation challenge with the objective of spurring innovation and deployment of green data centre technologies.

According to Tay, the IDA believes that the challenge will encourage data centre operators to partner with technology and solution providers to pilot solutions that will contribute to improving energy efficiency of data centres.


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