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BSI Green IT

Although there is no exact definition of Green IT, it is often the case that for many organisations that the IT department are the largest consumers of energy.

Green IT therefore marks a commitment to changes in current practice in order to reduce unnecessary IT use whilst optimising technology's ability to offset emissions from other areas of your business.

BSI Standards are regularly updated in this area (often in response to external drivers such as the WEEE Directive) and cover a wide range of disciplines, including the information security challenges presented by cloud computing and increased mobile working.

Data centres, which operate at the heart of the new digital economy, are of particular interest. As reliance on these grows at a time when the availability of energy is diminishing and costs are rising current Standards relate to specific areas of data centre operation (cabling).

There is a proposed European Standard on data centre design that looks at their energy-efficiency.

Other work includes the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres which, whilst not a formal Standard, is the most advanced good practice to date.

Key Publications...



Generic Cabling Systems part 1: General Requirements Information Technology - Generic Cabling Systems Part 1: General Requirements


BS EN 50173-1:2011




BS EN 50173-1:2011



Generic Cabling Systems Part 2: Office Premises Information Technology - Generic Cabling Systems Part 2: Office Premises


BS EN 50173-2:2007+A1:2010




BS EN 50173-2:2007+A1:2010



Generic cabling Systems Part 5: Data Centres Information Technology - Generic Cabling Systems Part 5: Data Centres


BS EN 50173-5:2007+A2:2012




BS EN 50173-5:2007+A2:2012



Cabling Installation Part 1: Installation Specification and Quality Assurance Information Technology - Cabling Installation Part 1: Installation Specification and Quality Assurance


BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014




BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014



Cabling Installation Part 2: Installation Planning and Practices Inside Buildings Information Technology - Cabling Installation Part 2: Installation Planning and Practices Inside Buildings


BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014




BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014



Cabling Installation - Testing of Installed Cabling Information Technology - Cabling Installation - Testing of Installed Cabling


BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014




BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014



Application of Equipotential Bonding and Earthing in Buildings with Information Technology Equipment Application of Equipotential Bonding and Earthing in Buildings with Information Technology Equipment


BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014




BS EN 50174-1:2009+A2:2014