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What Would a New Climate Change Deal Mean for Data Centre Industry?

16 December, 2015

Consequences of Climate Chance

The world’s leaders have finally come to an agreement about climate change, as nearly 200 ministers committed to green efforts after the talks in Paris. The global leaders have agreed to take action to keep global warming as low as possible, aiming for a rise no more than 1.5C.

This new global climate deal will put pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron to review the UK’s energy policies and green business incentives. The government hasn’t been too successful in this capacity as of yet, after cutting green incentives for homeowners and low carbon policies, and seeming to favour fracking and nuclear power investments over cleaner, renewable energy options.

The PM is being advised to urgently set out his strategy for curbing carbon pollution which will be measured every few years. There will of course now be further pressures 

on the big polluting industries to act more responsibly and help the nation achieve its emission targets.

The data centre industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the world.  It also has one of the largest carbon footprints, and it will keep on growing as people across the world decide to use their computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones more often. Data centres account for 2% of the world’s carbon emissions, a figure which is just behind air travel.

It’s inevitable that the global spotlight will soon be on the data centre industry to reduce power usage and cut down on carbon emissions. But with an increased demand, will this be possible?

New innovations in the IT sphere should be able to help companies reduce their carbon footprint. In fact, a new market for green data centre technologies has experienced a boom, and is expected to grow for the next few years. A new study revealed that the worldwide green data centre market was worth $25.87 billion in 2014, and is expected to grow by an annual rate of 30.8% for the next seven years. 

North America was the largest adopter of green data technologies last year, but after the Paris Agreement the UK and other nations are sure to follow suit. Companies who operate data centres which refuse to make greener efforts are expected to come under pressure from environmental organisations and activists, as well as the government. Recently, Amazon received a letter from 

its customers demanding it uses clean energy resources to power its s

ervers by 2020. Amazon apparently lacks behind other global companies such as Apple, Google and Facebook when it comes to low-carbon energy use.

The new climate deal is set to affect everyone, but especially big businesses who will need to adopt green strategies. How are you planning to make your data centre more eco-friendly in 2016?

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