Roadmapping Carbon Reductions for the Data Centre Sector – Data Centre Dynamics

The latest figures in the newly released UN Emissions Gap Report 2020 demonstrate that we still have a long way to go in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We know that data centre IT hardware significantly adds to this global issue, in terms of both materials and energy usage.

In this Data Centre Dynamics opinion piece, our Sustainability Lead, Astrid Wynne discusses the how technological innovation in the data centre industry will help us create a more sustainable future. Read the full article here.

Key points:

  • IT hardware is responsible for 65% of a data centre’s energy draw, and so it is crucial to address inefficiencies in this area. The government and the EU have created new policies to reduce carbon load and encourage reuse which are steps in the right direction.
  • When assessing data centre efficiency, it’s important to use metrics that honestly measure the size of emissions. Data analysis of IT hardware takes into consideration how much compute power you get for your energy usage, unlike Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE).
  • Techbuyer’s IEEE peer-reviewed research reveals for the first time that buying the latest technologies isn’t always the most cost-effective and energy efficient option. This means that there is a sweet spot between reducing IT turnover and optimising energy efficiency.

Techbuyer is a sustainable IT solutions provider. With sites across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific, we help thousands of organisations to maximise their budget whilst minimising environmental impact.

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