During the workshop, relevant stakeholders came together to validate the proposed recommendations and to deliver valuable input, which will contribute directly to shaping the formulation of policies and practices for energy-efficient cloud computing services in Europe.
In recent years, the demand for data centre services has grown exponentially as the cloud model is expanding. This has contributed to the consolidation of larger data centres, and studies predict a sharp increase in energy demand for cloud services. The importance of this topic has also been underlined by the European Commission, and further developments in this area will be crucial in order to deliver a European Digital Single Market.
The European Commission and DG CONNECT have tasked the Environment Agency Austria and the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (DE) with a study titled on “Energy-efficient Cloud Computing Technologies and Policies for an Eco-friendly Cloud Market”.
Based on the evidence collected by the experts conducting the study, recommendations for Green Public Procurement and policy options are formulated to stimulate energy–efficient cloud computing services.