To find out what the programme has done for data centres over the last three years look at our quarterly and annual overviews.
techUK is proud to represent UK data centre operators. Our award winning programme is comprehensive and influential. Our aim is to ensure that the UK is a place where the sector can flourish. We intervene on policy, we mitigate regulatory impacts and we raise awareness. To date, we have changed UK law and negotiated a tax concession worth over £200M for operators, we have reduced regulatory burdens, identified and mitigated business risks, established a community of interest and shared technical knowledge. We have educated the sector about policy and we have educated policy makers about the sector. Our activity ranges from strategic long term issues to detailed technical negotiations. During 2017 we:
- Lobbied government to mitigate non commodity energy costs and other barriers to growth
- Informed the Brexit negotiations and ensured the sector’s interests were represented
- Identified, and alerted members to, business risks and helped operators prepare for them
- Improved our understanding of sector energy use; reported on sector progress against our CCA targets.
- Protected the sector’s reputation and dispelled damaging myths about energy consumption
- Reduced compliance burdens for operators and negotiated more pragmatism from regulators.
- Clarified the implications of new regulations for operators, such as MCPD, Generator Controls and GDPR
- Supported bespoke apprenticeship standards and presented the sector as a career destination of choice
- Lobbied EU and UK government on problematic policy developments such as EU ETS and Lot 9
- Produced highly regarded guidance for operators on compliance, Brexit, energy costs, resilience etc.
- Addressed our technical skills gap and encouraged more women to work in the sector
- Provided a trusted sounding board for policy makers on technical issues at pre-consultation stage.
- Answered Parliamentary Questions on power provisioning and security of supply
- Promoted best practice tools, supported standards development, strengthened links with BSI and ISO
- Represented the sector at industry events, in the media and in negotiations with policy makers
- Responded formally to over a dozen consultations and enquiries from Green public procurement, BEIS Call for Evidence on Energy Cost Review, Medium Combustion Plant DIrective, among others
- Contributed to techUK submissions on the BEIS/OFGEM Call for Evidence on a smart, flexible energy system, streamlining carbon and energy reporting, on the APPCCG Enquiry on the Carbon Impact of the Internet and on the NIS Directive, among others.
- Published a range of outputs including: GDPR Decision Tree for Data Centres, So You Want To Employ More Women?, Data Centre Compliance Health-check, Brexit: 2017 update to Silver Linings report, Silver Linings: The Implications of Brexit for the UK Data Centre Sector, CCA: Report of progress against second target, Data Centre Performance Metrics for Tiny Tots, Why work in a data centre?, Keeping your options open (Oh my God I forgot to study maths!), Trailblazer Apprenticeships Explained, Decision Tree on GDPR for Data Centres,Council Communication on Energy Costs, Explanatory briefing note, Opinion piece on estimating data centre energy use, Council Communication …and many more