Danfoss, DEIF and others discuss sustainable data centre solutions

Co-hosted by Danfoss and DEIF in collaboration with the Danish Trade Council, the Green Data Centre seminar highlighted the critical role of energy efficiency in data centre sustainability, especially with Dubai’s digital economy projected to grow to over $140 billion by 2031 from the current $38 billion.

The event’s discussions align with the UNFCCC Global Stocktake report, emphasising the imperative to cut global emissions by 43% by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5 degrees under the Paris Agreement. Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA, stressed the importance of doubling energy efficiency progress and tripling renewable power capacity worldwide by 2030. Data centres, a key industry, hold a crucial role in meeting these goals.

Recent IEA research reveals a remarkable trend: while data centre computing surged by 550% from 2010 to 2018, energy consumption only saw a modest 6% increase during this period. The difference is attributed to significant advancements in energy efficiency, mitigating data centers’ impact on global electricity use (about 1-1.5%). Sustaining and accelerating these efficiency gains is crucial to align with UNFCCC’s emissions targets.

Ziad Al Bawaliz, Regional President at Danfoss Turkey, Middle East, and Africa, emphasised the event’s significance, stating: “With the region’s booming potential for digital services, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, there is likely to be significant demand growth for data centres in GCC in the next few years. As we head into COP28, energy efficiency will play an increasingly vital role as it is the single largest measure the world can take to reduce energy demand. Energy efficiency is, and always should be, the ‘first fuel’ for clean energy transitions.”

Ambassador Lars Steen Nielsen, Consul General of the Embassy of Denmark, who opened the event, commented: “Energy efficiency has the potential to be pivotal, and this seminar echoes the COP28 Presidency’s call for prioritising energy efficiency on a global scale. We are excited to engage with Danfoss, DEIF, global partners and work towards a greener future.’’

Tomas Anker Christensen, the Climate Ambassador of Denmark, who virtually addressed the audience during the event, added: “Denmark has been asked by the UAE presidency of COP28 to lead the political facilitation of the outcome of the global stocktake together with South Africa. One of the central themes at COP28 is the role of technology in our climate efforts. Danish technology holders like Danfoss, DEIF, and many others are at the forefront of developing cutting edge solutions. They can revolutionise industries and future proof them against climate challenges.”

The event featured engaging panel discussions, with key participants from the Gulf Data Centre Association, Khazna, MORO Hub, Gulf Data Hub, Equinix, Al Masaood, Uptime Institute, who shared their insights into the path to sustainable data centres. The event was aimed at raising awareness of the solutions that exist already to decarbonise data centres and which can significantly contribute towards the region’s ambitious decarbonisation goals.

Alexandre Maraval, Vice President Asia & Managing Director APAC, DEIF, said: “This has been a great event during which we could acknowledge the importance of continuing our efforts in developing solutions based on sustainable sources of energy. We are confident that DEIF’s strategy and Energy Management Systems are fully in line with the decarbonisation targets we all understand as a growing necessity for a better future. But at DEIF, we have a commitment to Improve Tomorrow as we are excited to tackle the challenges ahead and are extremely proud to collaborate with a fellow Danish company in delivering real sustainable action.”

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