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Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres A Joint               Initiative of IGBC and LBNL (DOE) US

About the Project


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.

About LBNL

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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Department of Energy's Centre for Expertise (CoE) for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres,

About IGBC Green Data Centres Rating

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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Technical Committee

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.


Advisory Group Members

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 Saurabh Diddi, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Govt. of India

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

Mr Mayank Srivastav, Director - Data Center Practice,Schneider Electric


Task Force Chairman

1. Chiller Plant
Mr 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 Cooling
Mr Raghuveer Singh , Director -Thermal Management, Vertiv Energy Private Limited.

4. IT Hardware & Management
Mr Vivek Rajendran, Director, Software Engineering, Dell EMC, Infrastructure.


Project Team: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) US

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


Project Team: Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)

Mr S. Srinivas, Principal Advisor, CII-GBC Hyderabad

Mr S. Karthikeyan, Principal Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad

Dr Shivraj Dhaka, Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad

Mr Yasin Khan, Associate Counsellor, CII-GBC Hyderabad


Outreach Activities

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

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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'

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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


Objectives and Reports of Phase-3:

  1. Develop a User Guide for Implementation of ECBC (2017) in Data Centres.
  2. Recommend additional Standards, level-2 ("reach" standards) and level-3 ("super-efficient") data centre efficiency standards to augment the minimum requirements included in the ECBC 2017.
  3. Capacity building of stakeholders: Organise awareness and training programmes for DC stakeholders.
  4. Identify & document case studies that demonstrate best practices in India, including compliance with ECBC 2017.

Objectives and Reports of Phase-2:

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

Phase2-report: lReport_CIILBNL2016.pdf

Objectives and Reports of Phase-1

Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres

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



ECBC User Guide for Data Centres






Case Studies

Innovation in Energy Efficiency : Infosys Bangalore Data Center - Download

NetApp Bangalore Optimizes Data Center Cost Savings Through "Free" Outside Air Cooling - Download


Upcoming Activities

Half-Day Online Workshop on Green Data Centers: "Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres", on 19 August 2020.



2nd Half-Day Online Workshop on Green Data Centers: "Enhanced Energy Efficiency in Indian Data Centres", on 29 September 2020.


Contact Us

For any further information and support, please contact:


Mr Dale Sartor, PE
Staff Scientist, Building and Industrial Applications
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
One Cyclotron Road, MS 90R3147
Berkeley, CA 94720-8134
510-486-5988 (office)
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Dr Shivraj Dhaka
CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (GBC)
Indian Green Building Council
Survey No. 64, HiTech City,
Hyderabad 500 084, India
M: +91 9177577288
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For more information, please visit 'Center of Expertise for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers':

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