Currently, only 10% of the so-called 'critical raw materials' used in data centres are recovered. This percentage needs to be drastically increased to reduce the impact of data centres on the environment. The main priority of the data centre (DC) industry is 100% uninterrupted operation and service to customers. Consequently, the sector has concentrated on technology and product development, manufacture and operation.
The CEDaCI, an Interreg North West Europe funded project, aims at building a Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry to:
- increase reclamation and reuse of Critical Raw Materials in the sector,
- extend product life through equipment reuse and remanufacture,
- reduce the use of virgin materials, waste and environmental impact arising from the growth in redundant equipment and
- develop a secure and economically viable CRM supply chain for the sector.
The project brings together actors and experts from all life cycle stages and sub-sectors associated with the DCI.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the multi-professional network, apply by 30 September 2020.
Main activity field:
CEDaCI project is to
- Extend product life through second use and refurbishment
- Increase dematerialisation through improved EcoDesign Guidelines
- Increase WEEE collection, processing and recycling in the EU and adherence to EU regulations
- Create jobs in North West Europe
- Decrease illegal export of sectoral WEEE
- Limit stockpiling of resources overseas
- Ensure the control of NWE DCI materials’ supply chains and manufacture.
- A network encompassing representatives from all the Data Centre Industry life cycle stages
- Virtual decision making tool (DMT) in a multi-step approach
- Eco-design guidelines for Circular Economy.