nlyte Software Announces Support for the UK’s Carbon Reduction Commitment Legislation

nlyte Software Offers Free Carbon Footprint Assessment to Establish Baselines for CRC Improvements

MENLO PARK USA, OCTOBER 13 2009 – nlyte Software, the leading provider of data center performance management solutions, today announced the availability of a free, tailored carbon footprint assessment for all UK organizations impacted by the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC)1.

Coming into effect early next year, the mandatory CRC emissions trading scheme aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted in the UK.  Organizations exceeding the mandated energy consumption levels will have to calculate and report on their annual emissions and also forecast future emission allowances and maintain auditable records.  The better an organization performs in terms of reducing its emissions, the higher it will appear in the annual performance league table published by the UK Government. Poor performers will incur a penalty for not reducing their carbon footprint.

According to nlyte Software’s research, any data center occupying more than 50,000 square feet will consume around 5 Megawatt hours (MWh) of power in a year, which is five sixths of the annual CRC allowance.  When added to other organizational energy usage, it is highly likely that any organization with a UK-based data center of 50,000 square feet or more will have to support the scheme.

With only a few months left before the UK CRC legislation comes into full effect, organizations need to ensure that their data centers’ forecasted emission allowances are accurately included as part of their compliance strategies.  In order to help them assess the implications of this important new legislation and to make appropriate preparations, nlyte Software is offering a free carbon footprint assessment for every impacted organization.

The free carbon footprint assessment will provide a vendor independent view of the data center’s active power utilization based on modelled power and real-time power consumption. The report will also provide an organization with a real-time view of current and future CRC allowance requirements, enabling targets to be set for data centers and changes to be controlled to align with UK CRC allowances.

“I am excited to provide companies with a report that helps them to optimize their data center energy usage in support of the CRC,” said Robert Neave, nlyte Software Co-founder and VP of Sustainable IT initiatives.  “We can help companies avoid the penalties associated with poor emission scores, achieve the best possible ranking in the performance league table and reduce their data center’s carbon footprint.”

Although the CRC initiative is targeted at UK organizations, nlyte Software is ready to provide the same service to any environmentally responsible company that is looking to reduce the carbon footprint of its data center. For more information, please visit:


1 A UK organization must participate in CRC if, during the qualification period (the 2008 calendar year):
·    it had at least one half hourly meter (HHM) settled on the half hourly market, and
·    its annual electricity consumption through all HHMs was at least 6,000 Megawatt hours (MWh).

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About nlyte Software (formerly Global DataCenter Management – GDCM)
nlyte Software is the leading provider of data center performance management solutions.  Founded by data center management professionals in 2003, the company created nlyte, a performance management suite for improving the efficiency and management of data center assets and physical infrastructure.  nlyte Software provides a complete solution for data center performance management, combining next generation software, proven best practices, and unsurpassed expertise in data center operations.  For more information about nlyte Software, please visit