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Dr Rabih Bashroush cited for addressing new ways of conserving energy

An academic who played a key role in driving energy efficiency in the design and operation of data centres and computer servers has been named in the UK Universities top 100 Best Breakthrough list. 

The research and advocacy of Dr Rabih Bashroush, a Reader in distributed systems and director of the Enterprise Computing Research Lab at the University of East London, provided crucial evidence and support to the development of a new EU eco design directive to ensure that computer servers use less energy by reducing their idle state energy consumption. 

Dr Bashroush said, “This is an important recognition of the work carried out by the University of East London. Our EU-funded research, examining the energy efficiency of data centres across Europe, provided the policy team with solid data. It demonstrated that IT servers in Europe remain idle for about 80 per cent of the time, making the introduction of energy caps the right thing to do. It means that, finally, we’re addressing new and environmentally friendly ways of saving our planet’s scant energy resources.”

His research has impacted various other European policies such as the EU Environmental Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) for Telecommunications and ICT Services sector and the new EU GreenPublic Procurement (GPP) Criteria for Data Centres. Annual savings of over 27 thousand tons of CO2 eq emissions can be attributed to research and innovation projects led by Dr Bashroush.

The Breakthrough list demonstrates how UK universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives. It was compiled by Universities UK, the umbrella group for the country’s universities, as part of the MadeAtUni campaign to show how lives are transformed through research and practical applications of theory and knowledge.  

UEL’s vice-chancellor and president, Professor Amanda Broderick said, “The University of East London is pioneering discovery in the evolving world of the 4th Industrial Revolution. This is an acknowledgement of how the University’s research helps people and planet through the transformation of practice. Rabih’s work, and that of colleagues, demonstrates how our students benefit from cutting-edge, applied research with global reach and impact. This recognition of the University of East London is particularly timely in the context of the UN climate change summit taking place in Poland this week, where the message that we need to save energy to save our planet resounds so loudly.” 

The EU Regulatory Committee voted on the new regulations in September, and they will be reviewed by members of the European Parliament and Council before final adoption by the EU Commission.

You can find out more about the MadeAtUni campaign and Dr Bashroush’s work here.