Guest contribution by Monika Graß, Grass Consulting
At the latest with the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, it has become clear to us that the future of Europe also depends on further digitalization. For example, since the beginning of the pandemic, companies and employees have been relying heavily on digital forms of work to maintain their business activities even during lockdown periods. Data centers are the nodes of these increasingly important digital lifelines. They now represent at least 1% of global energy demand. In 2018, Google alone consumed 2.26 billion kWh of electricity globally and emitted around 906 kt of CO2.
How the rapidly increasing digitalization will affect the energy and resource requirements in the long term is not yet foreseeable. Currently, there is a rebound effect, which means that although technical products are becoming more efficient, the increase in efficiency simultaneously leads to an increase in the use of the products. The aim must be for digitalization to contribute to substantially reducing both energy consumption and the use of natural resources.
For further digital growth, Europe needs a reliable data center infrastructure. In line with the European Green Deal, the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact also aims to operate the data centers in Europe in a climate-neutral manner by 2030. This objective is to be achieved essentially by:
*Power Usage Effectiveness: A technical measure of the energy efficiency of a data center. The PUE value sets the total energy consumed in a data center in relation to the energy consumption of the IT infrastructure
** Water Usage Effectiveness (WUE): Based on The Green Grid
The question arises as to whether these measures will be sufficient to achieve climate-neutral data centers without compensation through guarantees of origin and certificates. What other contributions can data center operators make?
In my view, we need to address other aspects. Some thoughts:
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