Data centre GHG Permits & the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) advises as follows:
Organizations operating emergency generators with a rated thermal input of 20 MW or greater are required to submit GHG permit applications for all qualifying Installations without delay for the activity “Combustion of fuels in installations with a total rated thermal input exceeding 20 MW (except in installations for the incineration of hazardous or municipal waste)”.
The above extract relates to GHG Permit compliance from January 2013 onwards – however the earlier legislation is still enforceable, for periods as far back as January 2005, when the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) was initially transposed into local legislation.
How can Carbon Action help Data Centre owners and Operators?
Carbon Action can advise and assist you in making an appropriate GHG Permit application, should your facilities be above the 20 MW threshold. We have worked with a large number of data centres in obtaining GHG Permits in the last three years. We have successfully brought those data centres into compliance and avoided enforcement action by the EPA. No enforcement actions have arisen in any case in which we have assisted data centres to achieve compliance.
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