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emea 2016

The Data Center Impact Award

It’s not all business just growth and corporate gain; in some instances data centers can be engineered in such a way as to “give back” to the community at large. “Positive impact” might be achieved through a committed integration into the local economy, an on-going contribution to improved local infrastructure, the enhancement of the local environment through heat exchange and/or energy recovery processes as well as through setting new standards in regard to the local impact of its technologies and resource requirements.

This award will be presented to the project which best demonstrates “going the second mile” in the desire for the data center to have a positive impact within local communities and surrounding areas.


  • Be at least in part located in the relevant Awards region although the scope of the initiatives may be geographically wider
  • Have put in place a programme to identify ways in which the company’s data centers can contribute positively to the local community or region economically, environmentally, socially and delivered these through a series of specific initiatives additional to the operation of the data center
  • Have started to deliver some of the specific initiatives identified between 1st June 2014 and 31st May 2015
  • Only data center owners & operators are eligible to receive the Award, however vendors, consulting engineers and contractors are welcome to nominate projects on behalf of their clients and assist in the preparation of their entry

Judging criteria & entry requirements

The entrant should supply the following information for Round 1 of the judging process:

1. The innovation and vision of the strategy behind the positive footprint programme and the targets set for this project

2. Evidence (even if only preliminary) of the effectiveness in meeting stated targets including monitoring and measurement activities

3. The capability of the programme to act as an example of innovation and best practice to other organisations looking to achieve a “positive footprint” within their local communities

The entrant should provide supporting documentation in the form of PDF and/or JPEG only to include design presentations, articles, white papers or graphics which will be used in Round 1 of the judging process (limited to 4 documents).

In Round 2 judges will ask further questions about the entries using our new online awards platform; Successful finalists will be expected to provide timely responses in order to meet the deadline requirements

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