The Commission is keen to ensure that public authorities make sustainable choices when buying data centre services, but this is easier said than done. We responded to an initial survey, produced a pre-emptive note assessing the pros and cons of different data centre performance metrics, and attended a series of stakeholder workshops. The JRC published all its draft proposals for GPP criteria, plus the technical background documents on the Product Bureau website here.
We submitted a formal response to the initial proposals where we expressed concern that the tick box approach meant that a data centre procurement could meet all the criteria and still deliver a hopelessly inefficient service. We also submitted input to the second draft of the proposals in July. The final iteration was released for comment in November and we responded by the deadline of 11th January (see below). Most of our major concerns had been addressed. We still took issue with the reference data and some definitions but there was little to die in a ditch over.
In general, the dialogue has been positive: Industry has been involved from the start, the discussions have been sensible and productive, and the wilder proposals have been reined in following peer review and the provision of evidence. We have volunteered to help develop guidance in 2019.
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