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UPS Supplier Announces Carbon Reduction Seminar in March

American Power Conversion (APC) : 17 February, 2010  (Company News)
Data Centre Managers and IT Professionals are invited to a 45 minute webinar conducted by APC to discuss strategies for improving efficiencies in computing power and commitments to reducing carbon emissions
APC by Schneider Electric has announced "Are you Ready to Make A Carbon Reduction Commitment?" - a 45-minute webinar on Tuesday 16th March at 11.00am. The webinar will cover a range of topics including the CRC call to action in 2010, strategies for improving data centre electrical energy efficiency, together with APC by Schneider Electric's energy efficiency support services and toolset.

"From April 2010, large users of electricity need to register with the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) scheme. That means that if you own or operate a data centre with between 50 and 120 racks, or if you have an IT load of 400kWh, or if your energy bill is in excess of £500,000, you are affected by this new legislation. With the introduction of the CRC, UK Government incentivizes absolute carbon emissions reduction through implementation of best energy practice. It's therefore a good opportunity to address the way things are done in the data centre and gain the potential benefit of the revenue recycling of the scheme as well as realise lowered operational costs through increased efficiencies" said Seamus Connolly, EMEA Director Consulting Services, APC by Schneider Electric.

The sectors targeted by the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme, large public and private sector organisations, generate over 10% of UK Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions, around 55 MtCO2. The CRC scheme aims to reduce carbon emissions from these organisations by at least 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, by 2020. Any organisation which used a minimum of 6,000 MWh of electricity through a half-hourly meter in 2008 will be a full participant in the CRC scheme. In round terms, this means any business which pays around £500,000 annually for its electricity supply.

Organisations that are full participants in the CRC will have to purchase carbon allowances from the Government from April 2011 - which could cost thousands of pounds, depending on their emissions. Under the legislation, organisations required to participate in the CRC scheme will need to purchase and submit sufficient allowances to meet their annual emissions covered by the scheme.

Seamus Connolly said "the CRC scheme will start with a reporting year from April this year, with the first sales of carbon allowances in April 2011. The issue is that companies need to start measuring carefully now and to initiate energy efficiency improvement projects in order to have a high performance in the Early Action CRC metric. With the emphasis on the reduction of emissions, data centre owners and operators need to focus on the PUE of their facilities in order to ensure that their electrical supply is doing useful work - computing - rather than being lost through inefficient infrastructure."

"Our webinar - "Are you Ready to Make A Carbon Reduction Commitment?" - will provide practical and actionable advice and ideas to help all those who influence and are influenced by data centre operations; from IT 'customers' to facility managers and CIO's. It will provide a clear explanation of the targets which became legally binding with the passing into law of the Energy Act 2007," Connolly continued.

"Are you Ready to Make A Carbon Reduction Commitment?" takes place online at 11.00am - 11.45 am on Tuesday 16th March.
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