Google’s Dublin data center projected to emit 224,250 tonnes of CO2 

Google Ireland Ltd.’s planned data center in south Dublin is expected to indirectly generate 224,250 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually without any mitigation measures.

According to planning documents submitted with the GIL application, this new data center is crucial for meeting the growing demand for Google’s ICT services in Ireland.

This project, the third phase of Google Ireland’s data center campus at Grange Castle Business Park, will create 800 construction jobs and 50 permanent positions once operational. The new 72,400m² data storage facility will include the construction of eight data halls on a 50-acre greenfield/brownfield site.

A 78-page planning report by ARUP, submitted to South Dublin County Council, states that the proposed development “will be powered through an existing connection as agreed with Eirgrid.”

ARUP’s report on the climate impact of the data center indicates that connecting to the national grid will lead to 224,250 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2027, equivalent to 0.44% of Ireland’s projected CO2 emissions for that year.

The report forecasts that these climate effects will be short-term, aligning with CAP24 targets for 80% renewable electricity by 2030, which will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

To mitigate the data center’s climate impact, GIL has committed to a 14-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Power Capital Renewable Energy. This agreement secures 58 megawatts (MW) of new capacity from the Tullabeg Solar Farm, currently under construction and connected to the grid. According to ARUP, this PPA is projected to enable GIL’s Irish operations to achieve 60% carbon-free energy by 2025 on an hourly basis.

Regarding the data center’s role in meeting ICT service demands in Ireland, the planning report emphasizes that investment in the development is critical for GIL to fulfill customer needs without operational setbacks.

The planning report indicates that the proposed development at the GIL Campus aligns with the ‘EE’ zoning objective for Grange Castle Business Park, focusing on enterprise and employment provision.

According to the report, the data center building features a single-storey design aimed at minimizing its visual impact by reducing massing and height.

Additionally, the report highlights that Google Ireland, a subsidiary of Google Inc., now employs 9,000 people, making it one of the company’s largest subsidiaries outside the United States.

Furthermore, the planning report emphasizes that “GIL data centers play a crucial role in supporting digital services that empower individuals and businesses, ensuring continuous internet availability.”

Google Ireland plans to begin construction in the last quarter of this year, with a construction period projected to span 27 months and completion anticipated in Q2 of 2027.

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