Government policy must stabilise to ensure the future of the UK data centre industry, warns Climate Change expert, Emma Fryer. Speaking at next month's DatacenterDynamics Converged conference, Fryer warns that further procrastination and uncertainty on energy policy could cause potential investors in the UK's data centre industry to look abroad instead.
Fryer, the associate director of climate change programmes at Intellect, a technology trade association, said: "As bosses from the big six energy companies are called before MPs amid consumer outrage over recent price hikes, Labour leader Ed Miliband's proposals for a freeze in residential energy prices have been gathering significant momentum.
"However, what's much more dangerous than price hikes, which both can and have been anticipated by the data centre industry, is the continuing volatility of UK energy and climate change policy. The irony is that much of the uncertainty over energy prices has been created by government taxes and levies. And now, attempts by politicians to put their footprint on energy are actually causing further uncertainty that's jeopardising the future of the data centre industry by forcing potential investors abroad.
"We've seen the damage that has resulted from treating important, emotive issues like health and education as political footballs and now it looks as though energy is heading the same way. "Energy policy is too important for the future of the UK's data centre industry and for the country's fragile economy to be politicised in this way. Rather, what's needed is consistency, and I'll be using my speech at DatacenterDynamics Converged to call for energy policy to be defined by cross party committees rather than individual governments."
Fryer will be one of a number of speakers and delegates that will be discussing solutions for the problems of data centre power and cooling over the course of two days of talks at DatacenterDynamics Converged conference in late November.
DatacenterDynamics Converged London will take place on November 20th and 21st at the London ExCeL and will feature more than 2,000 delegates and a range of leading industry speakers. Emma Fryer's speech, 'The impact of carbon legislation on the UK DC market - the politics of power', will be held at 10:10 in the Power and Cooling Hall at the event.
This is the world's largest peer-led data centre conference and expo, featuring over 100 speakers across 6 halls. The event features a Technology Park showcasing containerised and modular data centre solutions, learning opportunities and networking space.