The British Computer Society has signed the EU Code of Conduct for Datacentres.

It is the first professional body to sign the code, which aims to provide a standard for reducing datacentre energy consumption and carbon emissions. In January, the BCS launched a qualification to help datacentre operators comply with the code.

The code of conduct was created in November 2008 through collaboration between IT industry representatives including the BCS, as well as academics and government bodies.

David Clarke, chief executive at the BCS, said keeping datacentres green was “a vital issue for the IT industry”

The BCS has a datacentre specialist group, a carbon footprint working group and a green IT group, all of which offer help with information and best practice, as well as training.

It plans to launch a datacentre simulation tool to help operators choose the right technology to limit energy consumption.

For more information on getting the most out of datacentres, visit the CIO UK Mission Critical Centre