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Singapore: IMDA announces new data centre standard for tropical climates

On June 8, 2023, the Infocommunications Media Development Authority (IMDA) announced the publication of Singapore Standard 697:2023 on the Deployment and operation of data center IT equipment under tropical climate.


The IMDA highlighted that data centers (DCs) are intensive users of land, water, and energy, and that the cooling of DCs in warmer tropical climates presents additional challenges for using energy to operate cooling systems.

The Standard

The IMDA outlined that the Standard aims to help DCs develop a roadmap to support the increase in DC operating temperatures to 26°C and above and to benefit from energy saving owing to cooling. More specifically, the IMDA noted that it is working with the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) to update the Green Mark scheme for DCs, which sets the energy and sustainability benchmarks for Tropical DCs under the Standard.

Pilot Trial

The IMDA provided that it has already worked with several DC operators in Singapore to trial the Standard, and that DC operating temperatures have already been successfully increased.

You can read the press release here.