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MP visits UK’s most efficient data centre

Date: 19th March 2010

Philip HammondThe UK’s most efficient data centre has received a seal of approval from Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge and Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

Speaking at a recent visit to the data centre in Weybridge, Philip Hammond praised the efforts of Keysource and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) in developing an industry-leading solution that was reducing the impact IT equipment was having on the environment. “It is staggering to find out how much power is required just to cool a data centre, so its hugely reassuring that a facility in Weybridge is leading the way by being truly innovative and using clever technology to dramatically reduce consumption,” he commented.

He went onto say: “Carbon reduction requirements and high energy costs will continue to stimulate demand for energy-efficient technology and the demand for greater transparency in both the private and public sector will eventually change the way organisations consume electricity. What has been achieved here at PGS is truly exciting and innovative technology solutions such as this, could significantly contribute to the reduction in the UK’s overall energy consumption.”

Mike West, Managing Director of Keysource commented: “I am delighted that Philip Hammond has taken such an interest in what we have achieved at PGS. Data centres across Western Europe consumed 56TWh of electricity in 2007 – close to the yearly total electricity consumption of the Czech Republic – and this figure is expected to increase to 104 TWh by 2020, so we are all faced with a massive challenge to reduce the impact we are having on the environment.”

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