World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. The WED theme this year is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.”
As it is explained at WED’s website, consuming with care means living within planetary boundaries to ensure a healthy future where our dreams can be realized. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.
That’s what we are promoting through DC4Cities project: to optimize data centres energy use, to diminish its energy consumption and to reduce its emissions.
Reaching that goal requires data centres to constantly know the amount of available renewable energy. A software in the D4C Control System is therefore in charge of determining reference consumption levels according to the energy/power goals settled by an Energy Management Authority.
For a broad adoption of technologies and solutions, metrics standardization are key to demonstrate DC4Cities effectiveness. In that way, a group of researchers are working on metrics and methodologies in order to create a common methodological framework, which could be adopted by the ICT sector and shared with the international bodies of standardization.
Three separate trials in real datacenters have been set up in parallel in Barcelona, Trento and Milano. Their objective is to apply the energy optimized/aware/adaptive workload management techniques in specific real life scenarios, coordinated with local renewable Energy Providers and city energy governors.
All in all, DC4Citites project, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, tries to do its part to help to increase the use of renowables at data centres.