New Data Center Sustainability Metrics

Green Grid announced the release of two new data center sustainability metrics designed to help improve carbon and water-use effectiveness.

12/07/2010


The Green Grid announced the creation of two new metrics designed to help improve the sustainability of data center facilities by measuring the effectiveness of carbon and water use tied specifically to the IT energy infrastructure they contain.   The new metrics, called Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) and the upcoming Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), are joining The Green Grid’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) metric. All are designed to help IT, facilities, and sustainability organizations across the globe optimize their data centers.

PUE helps managers determine the efficiency of the IT gear in their data centers by comparing the total amount of energy consumed by the data center facility to the total amount of energy consumed by the IT equipment inside it. PUE was recently established by a cross-industry data center metric task force as the recommended metric for determining energy efficiency in dedicated data center facilities.

CUE will help managers determine the amount of greenhouse gas emissions generated in delivering work from the IT gear in a data center facility. Similarly, WUE will help managers determine the amount of water used by the facility, and the amount used to deliver work from IT operations.

A white paper outlining the new CUE metric, including methods for calculating it, can be found on The Green Grid’s Web site. Materials related to WUE will be made available in the first quarter of 2011. PUE, CUE and WUE will be discussed at length at The Green Grid’s Technical Forum 2011 in March, and interested organizations can become active in The Green Grid by becoming members.

The Green Grid welcomes active participation from the organization’s members and the industry at large on these topics, consistent with its efforts to encourage worldwide industry collaboration on strategic and tactical projects to improve data center efficiency.  Registration to The Green Grid Technical Forum 2011 opens to members and non-members today, and the event will be held on March 1-2 in Santa Clara, CA. Attendance is open to members of The Green Grid on March 1, and then opens to the public and the media on March 2. Topics will include technical content and training in the areas of energy efficiency and sustainability, including PUE, CUE and WUE metrics.



No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
2014 Product of the Year finalists: Vote now; Boiler systems; Indirect cooling; Integrating lighting, HVAC
High-performance buildings; Building envelope and integration; Electrical, HVAC system integration; Smoke control systems; Using BAS for M&V
Pressure piping systems: Designing with ASME; Lab ventilation; Lighting controls; Reduce energy use with VFDs
Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.

Protecting standby generators for mission critical facilities; Selecting energy-efficient transformers; Integrating power monitoring systems; Mitigating harmonics in electrical systems
Commissioning electrical systems in mission critical facilities; Anticipating the Smart Grid; Mitigating arc flash hazards in medium-voltage switchgear; Comparing generator sizing software
Integrating BAS, electrical systems; Electrical system flexibility; Hospital electrical distribution; Electrical system grounding
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.