IBM receives 2012 European Union Code of Conduct for Data Centers Award

25 Jun 2012 -- IBM received a 2012 European Union (EU) Code of Conduct (CoC) for Data Centers award for innovative technologies adopted to improve data center energy efficiency and was the only company recognized in the corporate level participant category. This is the second year of the award program.

In January 2012, the European Commission (EC), the executive body of the EU, awarded 27 IBM data centers in 15 different countries in the EU with "Participant" status in data center energy efficiency, based on the EU CoC for Data Centers. The registered data centers represent more than 70 percent of IBM's strategic outsourcing data center space in the EU. The honor represented the largest portfolio of data centers from a single company to receive the recognition to date. The EU CoC for Data Centers was launched in 2008 and is a voluntary initiative that aims to promote energy efficiency performance standards for data centers.

IBM has supported the efforts of the EC Directorate General Joint Research Centre-Institute for Energy and similar efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to encourage improvements and innovations in data center energy efficiency. The company provided input, recommendations and data center energy use data to support the development of both the EU CoC for Data Centers and the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® rating for data centers. These programs set operating criteria, best practices or metrics that inform and encourage data center operators and owners to reduce energy consumption in a cost-effective manner while enabling operators to maintain the mission-critical function of data centers.

IBM was not only recognized for the large number of data centers registered to the EU CoC for Data Centers, but also for the systematic and process oriented approach the company has implemented across its data center portfolio.