UEL’s EURECA moment

The University of East London has launched a new project to reduce the amount of energy used by IT storage

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. 

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.

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?”

To find out more, visit the project website https://eurecaproject.eu/