Technologies for a Sustainable Data Centre Future

November 4, 2021
10:00

As environmental regulations evolve and businesses demand greener solutions, data centres must build sustainability into their ongoing strategies. The sustainability challenges are diverse and include spiralling energy consumption, restrictions on water usage and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions. With the rise of 5G that heralds a new age of connectivity, demand for data services will continue to rise. Swedish researcher and author Anders Andrae calculates that, in a worst-case scenario, data centres could account for three per cent of global electricity demand by 2030, about one third of the demand projected for the entire ICT industry. Faced with the dilemma, many of the largest data centre providers have created plans for environmental initiatives in response, however, a full commitment to sustainability necessitates a ‘cradle to grave’ approach and environmental ambitions must be built into every aspect of data centre design, construction and operation.

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