Emma is an experienced policy professional who has provided a collective voice for UK data centre operators for the last decade. She works closely with government to inform the policy process and manages the UK Council of Data Centre Operators. Her key priorities are sustainability and resilience.
She successfully negotiated the sector’s Centre Climate Change Agreement in 2014, which to date has delivered over 30% improvement in infrastructure efficiency, reduced operational costs by many millions of pounds and improved investor confidence in the UK sector. In 2020 she negotiated key worker status, protection for construction sites and quarantine exemption for data centre staff and contractors during COVID-19 and continues to work closely with UK government on sector resilience. She has produced a huge range of reports, policy responses, white papers, briefings and infographics on topics from generator emissions to Brexit.
Recent outputs include The Viking Helmet - observations on data centre energy myths and how they arise, a report to DEFRA on sector readiness for climate change risks, a UK data centre sector market overview, a review of construction trends and growth drivers, a Sector Energy Routemap and a discussion paper on the challenges of attributing carbon to cloud services. She was appointed to the Board of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact and the Infrastructure Masons Advisory Committee in 2021. Emma is a recipient of three prestigious awards, is a regular speaker at industry events and sits on several international judging panels.