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June - 2010 - issue > Technology

Facing Upto the Green Challenge

Vikas Bansal
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Vikas Bansal
The case for ‘Greening’ the data centre

Businesses today rely on telecoms and data networking to run their organisations but this increasing demand has also had an impact on carbon emissions. In fact, “IT- equipment worldwide is responsible for roughly 3-4 percent of CO2 emissions which corresponds to the total amount of CO2 emitted by airplanes” says Simon Mingay from Gartner.

It is likely that global carbon dioxide emissions from Internet Data Centres (IDC) will continue to grow. For example, data centre energy consumption as a percentage of total US electricity use has doubled since 2000, and IDCs and servers will double their energy consumption again by 2012, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.

In the UK, energy consumption from non-domestic ICT (Info-Comm Technology) equipment increased by more than 70 percent from 2000-2006 and is expected to grow by a further 40 percent by 2020, according to a report by the UK-based Environmental IT Leadership Team (EILT).

Making the U-Turn

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