DCD yesterday announced the release of its annual CEEDA update that incorporates a number of advancements made to best practices and metrics by the industry’s leading professional and standards bodies.

The Certified Energy Efficient Data Center Award (CEEDA) was originally conceived and piloted by the BCS to make the work of the EU Code of Conduct more actionable, but has since developed to include the key work of other industry leading organizations. It is an energy efficiency assessment framework supported by an on-site audit, that yields a globally applicable certification and provides a guide for deploying labor and CAPEX, resulting in significant on-going OPEX uplift. It has specific frameworks for Enterprise, Colo and Telco class data center facilities, and may be applied to new and existing facilities.

Since its launch in 2013, more than 40 assessments have been completed for financial, IT services and telecoms clients across Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas including ARM, Fujitsu, Westpac Banking Corporation, the Cooperative Bank, St. Andrews University, CenturyLink and Cemex, Kio Networks, Tata Communications and CLP

“Whilst most best practice and standards in our industry are publicly available, their adoption and implementation is a more complicated matter,” says John Booth, Lead CEEDA Assessor and Managing Director, Carbon3IT. “This Framework pulls them together in a holistic and measurable way providing clients with a design and operational roadmap for energy efficiency in different types of environment. The results have been encouraging.”

Energy Efficiency Best Practice a Moving Feast

“The revision is made annually to take account of emerging approaches which are becoming available in the mainstream and to reflect the on-going, continual, enhancement of overall energy efficiency performance within the data center environment,” says Nick Morris, Project Leader. “Our clients continue to benefit from their participation in many ways: from enhanced harmonization within and between teams and facilities, through to powerful impact to the bottom line resulting from OPEX reductions.”

The 2016 revision includes the most recent iteration of the European Code of Contact for energy efficiency in data centers, mapping against ITU references and metrics and compliancy with current ASHRAE, ETSI and Energy Star standards. The framework is designed to be forward compatible with the anticipated evolution in international standards and technology neutral best practices. CEEDA also includes process related components for ISOs life cycle assessment, and energy, asset and energy management.

A self-assessment tool is available online.