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Data Centres

Data centres provide the core infrastructure that underpins all digital activity across government, business and community. techUK’s award-winning programme provides a collective voice for UK operators. We work with government to improve the business environment for our members. To date we’ve saved UK operators over £150M, alerted them to business risks, mitigated regulatory impacts and raised awareness, most recently negotiating key worker status for the sector. 

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Data Centres programme: Index of publications and resources

This directory includes our publicly available outputs specific to data centres.

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All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the groups below

Data Centres Group

This is the main special interest group for data centres and data infrastructure. Members include colocation and hyperscale operators, cloud and managed service providers, telecommunications operators, professional advisory businesses, industry analysts, consultants, suppliers and customers. Sign up for the latest developments, regular policy updates, consultations, briefings, workshops and insights.

Data Centres Council

The UK Council of Data Centre Operators comprises twenty senior business leaders who represent the full spectrum of interests and operational models across the data centre sector – from wholesale colocation to cloud infrastructure. The Council is a decision-making body providing strategic direction for all our activity relating to data centres. Formal Terms of Reference provide governance for the group.

Operator-Supplier Technical Forum

Our Operator-Supplier Technical Forum brings together operators, suppliers, customers and consultants to explore, in a non-commercial environment, some of the biggest challenges facing the data centre sector. It provides a collaborative platform to seek solutions, improve sector performance, reliability and sustainability, share knowledge, raise awareness of strategic issues and promote best practice.

Data Centre Generator Issues

Data centres rely on diesel generators for emergency power in the event of grid failure, and the sector manages significant installed generating capacity. This means that operators are obliged under multiple regulatory instruments relating to carbon (EU ETS) and air quality (MCPD, IED) which are burdensome but not always productive. This forum shares best practice and facilitates dialogue with policy makers and regulators.

Data Centre Skills Group

UK operators struggle with both short-term and long-term skills shortages and the objectives of this group are to demonstrate that the data centre sector is a career destination of choice, facilitate professional development within the sector (in conjunction with the IET), tackle some of the policy and organisational barriers that are restricting the skills pipeline, and provide a forum for information exchange.

2022 achievements and 2023 objectives

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Mobilise - Transforming Transport Through Tech | 29 March | Free for techUK members

Mobilise is techUK’s flagship future of transport and mobility conference. This year, it will bring together public and private sector leaders to discuss how we can deliver long-term multi-stakeholder projects that harness the power of technology within transport.

This conference is for public sector leaders in transport and infrastructure using technology to improve services, including infrastructure managers, local authorities and government departments. The event is also especially relevant to technology suppliers with products, services and solutions in transport, as well as mobility operators and logistics companies.