The Green Grid datacentre efficiency organisation has joined a global consortium to develop datacentre efficiency metrics, measurements and reporting conventions.
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The global effort includes the US Department of Energy's Save Now and Federal Energy Management programmes, US Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star programme, European Union Code of Conduct, Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Green IT Initiative, and Japan's Green IT Promotion Council.
"The ultimate goal is to create a set of globally accepted metrics for datacentre energy efficiency. One of the first, and perhaps most important factors to successfully achieving this aim is establishing a unity of communication," said Tom Brey, IBM representative and secretary of the Green Grid.
"The Green Grid is working with organisations around the world to develop a clear and well-defined language for the way we communicate about energy efficiency metrics, which will give us a common measuring stick for all datacentres, regardless of their location. With that type of consistency, we can start driving behavioural changes in the industry."