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UEL's EURECA moment

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A new project – developed to reduce the amount of energy used by IT storage – has been launched at UEL.  The project, which is funded by the European Commission, is supported by a consortium of eight partners across Europe, and is led by academics from UEL.

The scheme will focus on developing more sustainable procurement of data centres – the dedicated spaces where companies keep most of their IT infrastructure, such as servers and storage equipment which runs application software.  It’s hoped that it’ll benefit the public sector, higher education, and government organisations.

The launch of EURECA - Enabling information re-Use by linking clinical Research and Care – was attended by representatives of the British and Scottish governments, industry leaders and officials from the European Commission.  The audience heard from the project leader, Dr. Rabih Bashroush of UEL’s School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, who outlined the financial and environmental benefits of cutting energy use in data centres.

The project is expected to make an impact in the academic world and the public sector, and to hold a key place in UEL’s REF 2020 research assessment.

The Executive Director of Data Centre Alliance, Simon Campbell-Whyte, said, “We’d like to see big energy savings. If we could make that happen it’d be a huge achievement for the project.”

Bob Crooks, of the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, said the EURECA project was “a great way to extol what we’re doing here in the UK, and help other countries in the EU improve their data centre efficiency.”

Speaking on behalf of the University, the Director of Finance and Chair of the Sustainability Board, John Headley, expressed his support. “UEL is really proud to be involved in this initiative. We score highly on our research, with an emphasis on applied research, and what could be more applied than this?”

Notes to Editors

The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.