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2012 EMEA Forum: Framework for Conducting Life Cycle Analysis of Data Centers

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Framework for Conducting Life Cycle Analysis of Data Centers
Environmental impact, also called environmental footprint, of products and organizations is becoming a major topic driven by the need of customer information, policy makers, and compliance towards regulation. Standards organizations, industry consortia, and regulatory bodies develop tools with the same goal: assessing the environmental impact of the product or the organization. However, each tool has its own specific interest range, life cycle stages, product ranges, and sometimes its own particular requirements.

Most of these methodologies for assessing environmental impacts can apply to a data center. The objective of this TGG project is to provide the industry with a framework and rules to describe the specificities of a data center so that all the different methodologies can at least evaluate a data center in the same way. This common framework is intended to be used by owners, renters, and users of data centers in order to harmonize environmental studies.


Christophe Garnier
Environment Standardization and Regulation, Schneider Electric
EMEA Technical Work Group Member, The Green Grid 

Christophe Garnier has a Masters in Computer Sciences, in Grenoble, France. After 10 years in SMEs in the IT sector, he joined Schneider Electric’s marketing team to develop the company’s websites.

Christophe has more than 10 years of experience in Schneider Electric’s Environmental Department and is an expert in environmental life cycle and eco-design of products. He has implemented the eco-design process for a complete range of products and his responsibility has grown from insuring compliance with international regulations to implementation in RD teams.

Christophe is now dedicated to representing Schneider Electric interests in international environmental standardization bodies and professional consortia. Christophe represents Schneider Electric and the French National Committee in IEC TC111 and is leading a working group for developing Environmental Standard for the UPS industry in IEC. Christophe is also an expert in European CENELEC groups and represents Schneider Electric in The Green Grid EMEA Technical Work Group.


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