London colocation solutions provider London Data Exchange (LDeX) has today announced that they have become one of the first data centre owners and operators in the UK and Ireland to receive the ISO50001 accreditation for its energy management processes.
London Data Exchange opened their new North West London data centre in April 2012 to accommodate and protect client server and telecommunications equipment from factors that may otherwise cause downtime to business critical equipment and data. The 22,000sqft London colocation facility provides cutting edge power, cooling, fire protection and physical security systems in a purpose built data centre designed to offer maximum efficiency as well as optimum resilience.
ISO50001 is a recently introduced international standard. It requires organisations to establish and maintain the required processes and systems to enable the continual improvement of energy performance – which includes energy consumption, efficiency and awareness. The implementation of the standard is expected to play a major role in the reduction of energy consumption as well as CO2 emissions, and to deliver various other environmental and economic benefits.
Robin Garbutt, London Data Exchange CEO commented;
“London Data Exchange is committed to the continuous monitoring and improvement of our energy performance so as to minimise our impact on the environment. Whilst the delivery of high tech data centre facilities does provide environmental benefit over and above clients hosting their equipment in private data centres, it does also demand a significant amount of energy consumption on a constant basis. LDeX recognise the potential environmental and economic impact that this could have and so designed our resilient data centre infrastructure to maximise efficiency and minimise emissions and energy wastage.
Reduction in energy consumption has been embedded in our organisation’s culture from the initial design stages through to our continued management and operations and will be fundamental to our plans for significant growth over the next few years.”
The data centre industry in the UK and Ireland are likely to face a number of significant challenges relating to energy and carbon consumption. This presents a common challenge for the entire sector and is an increasingly relevant consideration for colocation service clients when selecting their data centre provider.
“From a client perspective our responsible approach to energy use and management brings both social and economic advantages. Colocating with London Data Exchange enables our clients to enhance their own environmental credentials as well as receive financial benefits that we are able to pass on through our pricing structure due to reduced overall power usage and relative costs.”