Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres A Joint Initiative of IGBC and LBNL (DOE) US
Data centres have assumed tremendous importance in the last decade as India continues to become more and more digital. They contribute significantly to several National benefits including the ways Businesses are done, reduction in fossil fuel use by reducing travel for trade & domestic transactions, man-day savings involved in day-to-day activities, IT enabled services, speed of communications, employment generation and several others. IT infrastructure and data centres are vital in translating the country's vision of emerging as 'Digital India'.
Data centres are huge power guzzlers and require uninterrupted power supply for maintaining stability of operations even at times of power fluctuations and outages in order to eliminate unavailability or loss of data. Globally, data centres account for about 3% of energy use, equivalent to about 200 million tons of carbon emissions, which is expected to grow by over 30% every year. Thus, there is a requirement to bring about a transformation in the way data centres are designed and operated maintained to further reduce energy use. CII-IGBC and LBNL have been working together from several years to introduce energy efficiency in Indian Data Centres. Our joint efforts would enable the DC industry to gain global competency and also to demonstrate energy performance near to global benchmarking.
The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), commonly referred to as Berkeley Lab, is a United States national laboratory that conducts scientific research on behalf of the United State's Department of Energy (DOE). The Department of Energy-led Centre of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres (CoE) demonstrates national leadership in decreasing the energy use of data centres. Through the supply of technical support, tools, best practices, analyses, and the introduction of technologies, CoE assists federal agencies and other organizations implement data centre energy efficiency projects. The CoE partners with key public and private stakeholders to further efficiency efforts.
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IGBC developed and launched Green Data Centre rating system in 2016 to offer services to the growing Data Centre industry. Key focus of the rating system is to introduce Energy Efficiency in data centre projects as part of sustainability concepts. The rating system enables data centre projects to demonstrate optimised energy performance and encourage to deploy advanced technological solutions to sustain energy cost savings. Joint initiative of IGBC and LBNL would further strengthen the rating system (while addressing energy efficiency in Chiller, Cooling, Electrical systems and IT-Hardware & Management).
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A National level Technical Committee - Advisory Group Members (AGM) formed as part of the joint initiative of IGBC and LBNL - "Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres". AGM are key stakeholders, leaders from the top data centre projects (enterprise as well as colocation DCs), equipment manufacturers/suppliers, service providers, heads of DC facilities and premier DC consultants. AGM has Technical sub-groups which are headed by Task Force Chairman.
AGM meeting is conducted annually and offers an opportunity for members to interact, exchange ideas, hold open discussions, and provide feedback on the recommendations for energy efficiency in data centres. The advisory group meetings were held on 17 July 2018 and 17 July 2019. The recommendations in the form of User Guide are submitted to Government Agencies/ Departments (including BEE) for further consideration in the Code/ Standard and guidelines to be released for the benefit of the whole industry.
Mr Syed Mohamed Beary, CMD, Bearys Group & Chairman, IGBC Bangalore Chapter
Mr Angelo Barboza, GM & Head APAC Region, Rittal India
Mr Ashish Rakheja, Managing Partner, AEON Consultants
Mr B. Rajput, Senior Technical Director, National Information Centre
Mr Biju Jacob John, AVP - Solutions Engineering & Bids Management, Solutions Engineering, Netmagic (An NTT Company)
Mr Chaitanya Tamhankar, Legrandt,Legrand
Mr Hiren Shah, Sr Manager, Reliance Industries Ltd
Mr John Booth, Managing Director, Carbon3IT Ltd
Dr Kanwal Sujit, CEO, Terralive Environ Tech Pvt Ltd
Mr K M Shankar, Senior Manager - Data Centre Operations, STT GDC
Mr Kiran A J, Regional Manager - Infrastructure, Infosys, Bangalore
Mr Mallikarjun V Patil, CEO, Apt Data Centre Consultants India LLP
Mr Manoj Kapil, Practice Head, Data Centres and O&M Services, Wipro Ltd.
Mr Mario Dias, Manager-Fac Operations, Workplace Resources, NetApp
Mr Murari Sinhal, Gr. Sr Vice President, Reliance Industries Limited
Mr Mahesh Trivedi, Sr. Executive Vice President, Netmagic - NTT
Mr N K Singh, Senior Director, Business Development - South Asia, Uptime Institute
Mr Pankaj R. Wadhwa, Managing Director, Vastunidhi Architects
Mr Punit Desai, Regional Manager - Infrastructure, Infosys
Mr Pushpendra Pandey, Program Manager - IT Infrastructure & Data Centre Operations, IBM Global Technology Services
Mr R. Rajkumar, VP-IT, Infosys Limited
Mr Rajkumar Kambar, DC Manager Asia - Intel
Mr Ranvijay Roy, Consultant, Wipro Limited
Mr Saurabh Diddi, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt. of India
Ms Shatakshi Suman, Assistant Project Manager (ECBC), Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Govt. of India
Mr Shashi Bhushan Prasad, Vice President - Projects, STT GDC
Mr Shekhar Dasgupta, Founder, GreenField Software Private Ltd.
Mr Shrirang Deshpande, Country Head-Data Centre Business (India), Vertiv Energy Pvt Ltd.
Ms Shalini Singh, Senior Sustainability Manager, Office of the CTO, VMware
Mr Shubham Agarwal, Manager, Green Initiative, Infosys, Bangalore
Mr Siddharth Jain, Managing Director, EPI-India
Mr Vinit Gupta, Country Head Marketing, Numeric
Mr Vinod Kulkarni, Facility Manager, NetApp India Private Limited
1. Chiller PlantMr P.C. Lohia, Senior Vice President - HVAC, Reliance Industries Ltd.
2. Electrical System Mr Pritam Goyal, Senior Program Manager - Data Center Planning Azure Global, Microsoft.
3. Room CoolingMr Raghuveer Singh , Director -Thermal Management, Vertiv Energy Private Limited.
4. IT Hardware & ManagementMr Vivek Rajendran, Director, Software Engineering, Dell EMC, Infrastructure.
Mr Dale Sartor, PE, Staff Engineer
Mr Steve Greenberg, PE, Facilities Energy Management Engineer
Ms Hannah Stratton, Project Manager
Mr Ian Hoffman, Senior Scientific Engineering Associate
Mr Kim Traber, Principal, Traber Engineers
Mr S. Srinivas, Principal Advisor, CII-GBC Hyderabad
Mr S. Karthikeyan, Principal Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad
Dr Shivraj Dhaka, Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad
Mr Himanshu Prajapati, Executive Engineer, CII-GBC Hyderabad
Mr Yasin Khan, Associate Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad
2nd AGM | Bangalore| 17 July 2019
2nd Advisory Group Meeting 2019, Hotel Taj Westend Bangalore
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1st AGM | Bangalore | 17 July 2018
1st Advisory Group Meeting 2018, Infosys Bangalore
Workshops and Conferences:
1. One-Day workshop/Conference | Hyderabad | July 2019 (CII-IGBC, LBNL, ANSI, USTDA and BIS).
Lighting lamp ceremoney (from left: Ms. Mehnaz Ansari, USTDA Country Representative-South Asia, Embassy of United States of America, Ms. Aileen Nandi, Minister Counselor, Commercial Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Mr Sunil Khanna, Past Chairman, CII Maharashtra State Council and President & MD, Vertiv Energy Pvt Ltd, Mr Dale Sartor, Chief Scientist, LBNL, Mr. Syed Mohammed Beary, Chairman, IGBC Bangalore Chapter and CMD, Bearys Group and Mr S Karthikeyan, Principal Counsellor, CII-GBC).
Mr Ashish Rakheja, moderating Panel Discussion on 'Role of Code Compliance in Achieving Higher Energy Efficiency'
2. Half Day Workshop | Mumbai | May 2019
3. Half-day National Workshop | Bangalore | February 2019
4. Half-day National Workshop | Mumbai | July 2018
5. Half-day National Workshop | Bangalore | July 2017
6. Infosys Data Centre Visit | Bangalore | July 2018
Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres
Phase-II of the "Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres" initiative built on Phase-I findings related to international best practices and how existing energy efficiency standards in India could address data centres. The Indian standards to Phase-II were the Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), which is Prescriptive or Performance Based (Mandatory Code); and the Perform, Achieve & Trade (PAT) market-based scheme in which BEE sets sector-specific benchmarks and gives targets to Designated Consumers (DC).
Phase-II consisted of two main activities: the development of recommendations for incorporating data centre specific requirements into the 2016 / 2017 revision of ECBC and the evaluation of various Energy Performance Metrics for reporting data centre energy efficiency under a PAT-type programme. Comprehensive policy review and stakeholder engagement were instrumental in both activities.
Timeline: October 2015 - September 2016
Phase-I consisted of three main activities: a comprehensive review of existing energy efficiency policy in India and data centre standards from around the world; analysis of these international standards for energy efficiency, including metrics, to the Indian context; and stakeholder engagement through an online survey and in-person workshop.
The Phase-I study of over 20 international energy efficiency standards identified ASHRAE 90.1, 90.4 and California Title 24 as warranting further view to guide the integration of data centres into ECBC
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3rd Virtual AGM, July 2020 (meeting would be announced soon)
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