City Lifeline scraps brown electricity in favour of 100 per cent green IT
Central London colocation data centre City Lifeline is overhauling its electricity policy in order to run on 100 per cent green electricity by July 2012. The move marks the company’s latest milestone in the quest to become one of London’s most environmentally friendly data centres.
Green IT is clearly a focus for today’s data centres, but it seems that practice is still lagging behind policy. A recent study by the Symantec Corporation found that while 97 per cent of businesses were discussing green IT, only 45 per cent had already implemented green IT projects.
Thanks to a new agreement with EDF Energy, City Lifeline will only run on electricity which has been renewably sourced. This decision complements a number of eco-friendly measures which have been put in place by the company.
These include improving the efficiency of the data centre’s chillers and other cooling systems, using energy efficient duel-diesel generators for back-up power and fitting movement-detection light sensors throughout the data centre.
Roger Keenan, MD of City Lifeline, comments: “Our decision is especially important in light of expert estimations that almost two per cent of the nation’s electricity is used to power computers and telecoms equipment, most of it in specialised data centres.
“Data centres are renowned for consuming a lot of energy – but we are working hard to increase our efficiency, reduce costs, improve our carbon footprint and push out less heat. Protecting the environment is a cultural responsibility for businesses, and one that we should all take seriously.”
About City Lifeline:
City Lifeline is the leading independent carrier-neutral colocation data centre in central London. Lifeline House is situated in an ideal location, just outside the central London Exclusion zone, in the emerging Silicon Roundabout / Tech City district.
With some of the best connectivity in London, City Lifeline provides a secure, reliable and resilient home for telecoms, networking and server hosting. Its customers have access to the fastest, carrier diverse networks in the UK connecting across the world.The data centre offers a first-class, flexible and personal service coupled with the security, reliability and engineering teams to match.
For further information about City Lifeline visit: www.city-lifeline.co.uk