Improving the environmental impact of data centers by tackling water consumption
11 April, 2017


In this webcast, members of The Green Grid give an overview of the Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE), the importance of gaining accurate visibility over data center water consumption, and ways in which water consumption can be reduced in the data center to increase efficiency and sustainability.



Arjan Westerhoff

Data Centre Manager, Schuberg Philis

Arjan has worked in the data center industry for more than a decade and is currently responsible for ensuring 100% availability and efficiency of the Schuberg Philis data center. During his job at Schuberg Philis he was responsible for a cooling optimization project using Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES)  in combination with cooling towers resulting in a 86% energy saving on the cooling of the data center. Arjan was also responsible for a water saving project

Since 2013 Arjan is an "Accredited Tier Specialist"​ from the Uptime Institute, having knowledge about tier classification and operational sustainability. Additionaly, Arjan is a Certified Datacenter Professional (CDCP). Previously, Arjan has held data center positions at atom86 and as a board member for RenewIT.

Frans Durieux

Aqua Innovation Network

Since 1995 Frans Durieux has worked in the water industry, developing solutions for process and wastewater issues in the industrial and municipal industry. In September 2013 he started the Aqua Innovation Network with the aim to bring projects, people and idea’s together. The aim of the network is to add value to projects by synergy between all the stakeholders.

Frans’ previous experience in companies like General Electric and Veolia have helped him to value the client needs and appreciate the fact that larger companies are typically inept to the required flexibility of their clients.

Jack Pouchet

Vice President, Market Development, Vertiv

Jack works closely with major OEMs, large data center owners and operators, and leading mission critical engineering firms to help improve day-to-day business and operational efficiencies while ensuring reliability, resiliency, and availability. Jack brings over twenty years of related OEM power supply, power generation, distribution, and power product sales and marketing experience to Vertiv giving him a unique end-to-end perspective of the entire AC and DC power path.

An active member of several industry and sustainability associations including a founding partner of The Infrastructure Masons, The Green Grid, where Jack previously served as Board Member, and the Union of Concerned Scientists, Jack is frequently engaged with government agencies and NGOs in research and legislation centered on alternative / renewable energy as well as energy efficiency for data centers.


Lance Rϋtimann

Vice President, The Green Grid

Lance Rϋtimann is Director and Vice President of The Green Grid. He is also an active participant in The Green Grid’s Government Engagement Committee and currently chairs its Program Committee, which manages the wide range of activity requests that drive content produced by members of The Green Grid. Lance is a member of the CENELEC technical committee 215 responsible for the development of the EN 50600 and also sits on the CEN/CENELEC/ETSI Coordination Group for Green Data Centre, as well as other European committees involved in making ICT resource efficient and sustainable.