European Data Strategy and Green Deal
May 20, 2021 | 00.00 GMT
The European Green Deal aims to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. A smarter and greener use of digital technologies are a key part in making sure Europe reaches its ambitious goal. While the global data volume will keep growing rapidly there is a need for infrastructures to be eco-friendly. The plan is to make Europe the epicentre of green technology. Technical solutions include more efficient cooling systems, heat reuse, the use of renewable energy to supply data centres, and the construction of data centres in regions with a cold climate. Policy options include the use of Green Public Procurement, rules for Europe's public authorities to use their purchasing power to choose environmentally friendly services but also setting up transparency requirements and fostering uniform indicators for energy-efficiency.