CATALYST Project releases CATALYST Green Data Centre Roadmap website

The CATALYST project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768739, proudly announces the worldwide release of the “Green Data Centre Roadmap”.

The website details a metro style map, an assessment tool, a handbook and a trade directory.

The Green Data Centre Roadmap

The Green Data Centre Roadmap, designed to be similar to a metro map, has 15 lines and over 130 stations, that can assist DC owners, operators, design companies and investors to consider the routes and destinations they may choose to create or retrofit their Data Centre to be as “green and sustainable” as possible. In this context “green and sustainable” means using renewable energy solutions, reusing waste heat, certified to appropriate standards and training staff.

The Green Data Centre Assessment Tool

The Green DC Assessment Tool line covers all the elements that the project considers to be required in order to be defined as a Green and Sustainable Data Centre, this includes the calculation of metrics as described in the ISO 30134 series (EN 50600 4-X series), BREEAM certification (note that this tool is designed to be used in Europe, but LEED is included on the Certification Line (but is not assessed)), participation in the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) or the enhanced requirements of the Certified Energy Efficiency for Data Centres Award (CEEDA) as well as others. The result is graded Gold, Silver, Bronze, No Level and additional assistance can be obtained by dropping an email to the project team.

The Green Data Centre Handbook

The handbook chapters includes, Chapter 2 which contains a concise list of all the lines and stations contained on the Green Data Centre Roadmap. Chapter 3 details the rationale for Green Data Centres with respect to Climate Change, Energy Security and Sustainability and includes information on the EU energy and sustainability policies.

Chapter 4 covers the Data Centre Standards Landscape

Chapter 5 details how legacy DCs can be improved by the use of the best practices contained in the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency).

Chapter 6 provides details on the DC new build design process, using the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency, the EN 50600 series of DC design, build and operate Standards in the EU, The Green Grid DC Maturity Model (DCMM) (Now EN 50600-5) and the other widely used ANSI standards, TIA 942B and BICSI 002.

Chapter 7 provides some information of integration with smart grids, smart cities, conclusions and future work on this topic.

Chapter 8 contains information on planning guidance available at EU, National, Regional and Local levels, including where appropriate enhanced requirements for potential data centre builds on campus developments.

Chapter 9 contains information on Utility Co-ordination, using information, from USEF, and Euro Heat & Power.

Chapter 10 describes information on the CATALYST business models and contractual information for relationships between the DC, Federated DCs, Utilities (Energy Flexibility, Waste Heat Reuse (District Heating/Cooling) and Smart City ECSOs.

Chapter 11 describes the “Data Centre of the Future”

The Trade Directory

When organisations sign up to use the map they can select to be included in the directory and offer their services to the Data Centre community, these include capital plant items that are energy efficient and sustainable, consultancy and other services The site can be found at

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