We have all heard of data being referred to as the ‘oil of the twenty-first century’. Cliché as it may sound, the importance of data has increased along with the growth of the digital economy. Did you know that global data consumption grew by more than 30% in 2020 compared to 2019, contributing to a data centre workload increase of 120% in the past 5 years?
The data load is likely to continue to rise over the next decade, fuelled by the growth of 5G, Internet of Things (IoT) and other data-hungry technologies. With growing data volumes, data centres and network infrastructures require more energy to keep up with the demand, which could result in higher emissions if the additional energy is derived from fossil fuels. According to the IEA, 300 Mt of CO2 is attributed to data centres in 2020, equivalent to twice the emissions from the aviation industry in Europe.
European cloud infrastructure and data centre organisations have set an ambition to reach net-zero by 2030 in The Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact. Given the rising demand for data, it will be challenging for data centres to accomplish the goal. Join a discussion with experts about data centres’ path to net zero by registering for Novazure’s free on-line event ‘Data centres: The elephant in the room to achieve net-zero targets?’, co-hosted with Cambridge Cleantech on the 9th of November 2022 11:30-12:30 BST/ 12:30-13:30 CET.
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