The looming data centre code of conduct (DC3) is expected to be published in draft form early next year, according to Alec Bruce, Hitachi Data System's EMEA Eco-Solutions Champion. It is the result of work begun by Paolo Bertoldi of the European Union's Renewable Energies Unit (REU). This commenced in February as an EU initiative.

DEFRA involvement

Robin Murray of the UK government's Market Transformation Programme (MTP) attended. The MTP website states "The Market Transformation Programme supports UK Government policy on sustainable products. Its aim is to achieve sustainable improvements in the resource efficiency of products, systems and services where these are critical to the delivery of Government commitments in areas including climate change, water efficiency and waste reduction."

MTP is funded by the UK government's Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), also by the government's Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) which is part of DEFRA. In other words it 'is' DEFRA. The DC3 project is only one of its activities. Robin Murray has been closely associated with DC3, writing meeting minutes for example.

According to DEFRA's MTP information computing and technology (ICT) contributes four percent of the UK's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and will rise by 180 percent between 2006 and 2010.

Role of AEA

A source has said that AEA "runs the programme for DEFRA". AEA is 'a leading international company specialising in consultancy, policy support and programme management for policy implementation.' A recent AEA newsletter declares 'we are working closely with the UK Government, helping it to develop its sustainable procurement policy.' In this newsletter we find that experts from AEA work on the UK Government’s Market Transformation Programme.

It states 'MTP supports UK Government policy on sustainable products and is managed by AEA Energy & Environment on behalf of DEFRA. For more information about MTP and our programme management, technical and management consultancy services, please contact Jeremy Tait on 0870 190 6281 (e-mail [email protected]).'

This Didcot-based consultancy is writing the draft code of conduct and versions have been circulated for comment.