As of 1st July, 2014, the UK’s Climate Change Agreement (CCA) came into effect with increased importance placed on the use of a DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) solution to achieve effective monitoring of energy use and drive continual improvements in energy efficiency.
What is a Climate Change Agreement?
Climate Change Agreements offer discounts and, in some cases, complete exclusion from paying certain taxes, such as the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC). The agreements define energy efficiency targets that are negotiated between government and energy intensive sectors.
The general concept of Climate Change Agreements has been running since 2001 and already covers about 50 sectors – it has been shown to deliver greater energy savings than conventional policy measures.
Climate Change Agreements accommodate growth by focusing on efficiency rather than net reductions in energy use. Sectors such as data centres are particularly well suited to this approach as they are not only energy intensive, but are fast growing and vulnerable to overseas competition.