Leeds Beckett University sustainability research has contributed to impact in three areas:
Data centre energy efficiency research work conducted with ENEA through PERCCOM results in the impact of changes in job scheduling for processing applications at the operational level policy. The impact of the job scheduler algorithm would affect an estimated 7-15% energy savings (due to a better managed and efficient cooling system with 25% of the cooling machines being shut down) for the use case data centre. A conclusion that could be drawn is a corresponding reduction of 7-15% on carbon emissions.
- Impact on IT professionals and engineers
Interviews with seven PERCCOM students / alumni reveals changed lives (social, cultural outlook, sustainability and green IT awareness, and technological skills). A total of 88 students from 39 different countries across the globe have been trained in pervasive computing and communication with embedded green IT skills. A survey conducted on PERCCOM alumni reveals that more than 75% of them have acknowledged the importance of green ICT in the industry, 44% are in academia (including PhD study), 40% in specialist IT jobs and 16% in non-IT jobs.
- Impact on local authorities and housing associations
This involved the installation of low-carbon technologies in 100 social homes (in the UK, Ireland and France) to reduce carbon emissions by 215 tonnes/year. This contributes to social housing policy impact that aims to enhance quality of life and green strategy (for example, Neolia, France; Carbery Housing Association, Ireland; Oldham City Council, First Choice Homes, Wakefield District Housing Association, UK). The underlying research is photovoltaic array combined with multiple hybrid energy storage system.