Central to the successful development of the data centre sector is how organisations will ensure their facilities operate more sustainably and thus contribute to the reduction of net zero carbon . Marc Garner , VP Secure Power Division and Major Pursuits Team , Schneider Electric UK & Ireland , outlines how data centre managers can harness the power of renewables , technology and data as well as drive ecosystem collaboration to become part of the solution .
Today there is a growing energy crisis across Ireland . Data centres have been positioned as large consumers of power , causing potential disruption to consumer supply amid warnings of ‘ blackouts ’.
Yet to tackle the problems in energy generation and supply , we must face up to the realities of the situation . Firstly , aging grids have failed to develop in line with demand or sustainability ambitions – meaning that demand for renewable energy now outweighs supply , with the onus placed on large consumers as the problem .
Secondly , questions are , rightly , being raised around the environmental impact of the sector , its energy requirements and its emissions . Analyses vary , but data centres are predicted to use around 1 % -2% of total global electricity consumption The truth , however , is that data centres are becoming a key part of the solution to the energy crisis and they will likely serve as a net zero template for other industries . Ahead of COP27 we must begin to realise that we cannot address the impacts of climate change without data , digitisation and technology and we can ’ t act upon the data without data centres .
To understand why data centres have been singled out amid the energy crisis , it is necessary to look at recent developments . Around both Dublin and London , there
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