BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, welcomes proposed changes to CRC

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, welcomes proposed changes to CRC

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has welcomed proposals by the Climate Change Minister to simplify the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme.

The Institute has supported the scheme from its inception and took part in the climate change committee that proposed these improvements. Michiel van der Voort, director for international & professional development, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT said, ‘This is an important scheme and I am pleased to see these proposals which will make the scheme easier for businesses to understand and implement.’

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT is working to enable the IT industry to become more energy efficient and provide the IT profession with the knowledge and expertise it needs to lower carbon emissions and reduce the environmental impact of IT.

Zahl Limbuwala, chair of BCS Data Centre specialist group, added, ‘Feedback the Institute has received shows that businesses did not understand the original scheme and how to implement it. Therefore these changes are very welcome in making the scheme easier to comply with and understand.’

The Institute has several initiatives which support this aim including working in partnership with such organisations as Green Grid and the Green IT Promotion Council in Japan. Supporting expert networks through its green IT specialist group, a data centre specialist group and carbon footprint working party. In addition, the Institute has developed qualifications for IT professionals to help them understand the legislation surrounding green IT including: Foundation Green IT Certificate, the Intermediate Certificate in EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres and the Intermediate Certificate in Energy and Cost Management for Data Centres.

The Institute has also developed the Certified Energy Efficiency Data Centre Award (CEEDA). The award provides data centre operators with an independent accreditation and verifiable evidence that their data centre is following energy efficiency best practice. It is based on the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres; the Institute was instrumental in the development of the code and became the first professional body to endorse it.

Full information about the Institute’s green IT activities can be found at: www.bcs.org/green

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