February 19, 2024

Sustainable data centers—The German Energy Efficiency Act: What data center operators need to consider now and in the future

The German Energy Efficiency Act (the “Act”) came into force at the end of 2023. As of January 1, 2024, energy efficiency obligations apply specifically to data centers. The Act provides for new rules on energy efficiency, energy reuse, waste heat, power supply from renewable energies and energy management systems, which are intended to make the operation of data centers more sustainable and the industry more innovative. These rules will come into force over the coming months and years. We provide an overview of the new rules for data centers and the relevant timeframe.

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