TÜViT pub­lish­es new TSE.STANDARD for Ener­gy Effi­cien­cy & Sus­tain­abil­i­ty in Data Centers

The new TÜViT cri­te­ria cat­a­logue TSE.STANDARD offers mar­ket play­ers a sys­tem­at­ic approach to iden­ti­fy­ing and imple­ment­ing effi­cien­cy and sus­tain­abil­i­ty mea­sures in data centres.

Data cen­ters form the back­bone of dig­i­ti­za­tion, but at the same time they also require a lot of ener­gy. While the ener­gy demand of EU-wide data cen­tres was 76.8 TWh in 2018, stud­ies fore­cast a 28% increase in demand to 98.5 TWh in 2030. This makes it clear that ener­gy effi­cien­cy and sus­tain­abil­i­ty are also becom­ing increas­ing­ly impor­tant for data centers.

The new TSE.STANDARD (Trust­ed Site Ener­gy Effi­cien­cy) cri­te­ria cat­a­logue from TÜViT sup­ports oper­a­tors, plan­ners and builders of data cen­tres in imple­ment­ing and objec­tive­ly ver­i­fy­ing the most sus­tain­able and ener­gy-effi­cient oper­a­tion of their data cen­tres pos­si­ble. The basis is the grad­ual intro­duc­tion — and sub­se­quent­ly con­tin­u­ous improve­ment — of a data cen­ter-spe­cif­ic ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tem in accor­dance with ISO 50001:2018.

For this pur­pose, TÜViT is now pro­vid­ing mar­ket play­ers with the TSE.STANDARD, a new cri­te­ria cat­a­logue that con­tains com­pre­hen­sive require­ments as well as rec­om­men­da­tions in the form of best prac­tices from the data cen­tre indus­try, such as the EU Code of Con­duct and TR 50600–99‑1. Basi­cal­ly, the cat­a­logue rep­re­sents a matu­ri­ty mod­el for the ener­gy effi­cien­cy and sus­tain­abil­i­ty aspects of a data cen­tre. It con­sists of three the­mat­i­cal­ly sep­a­rat­ed assess­ment areas: Man­age­ment (MGM), Infor­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Sys­tems (ICT) and Infra­struc­ture (INF) and dif­fer­en­ti­ates between four dif­fer­ent lev­els of matu­ri­ty (Lev­el 1–4). These are aimed at grad­u­al­ly improv­ing the ener­gy require­ments with­in the data centre.

“The aware­ness of ener­gy effi­cien­cy and sus­tain­abil­i­ty has also — and espe­cial­ly — increased sig­nif­i­cant­ly in the data cen­ter sec­tor in recent years. We are there­fore pleased that with the new TSE.STANDARD we can play our part in mak­ing data cen­ters more envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly in the future,” says Joachim Faul­haber, Head of Data Cen­ter at TÜViT.

Data cen­ter indus­try play­ers can deter­mine and con­tin­u­ous­ly improve the matu­ri­ty of their ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tem with appro­pri­ate test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion to TSE.STANDARD. In addi­tion, they demon­strate through an inde­pen­dent third par­ty that they have embed­ded the issues of ener­gy effi­cien­cy and sus­tain­abil­i­ty in their data cen­ter and are respon­si­ble and con­sci­en­tious in their use of valu­able resources.