Sustainability benefits of cloud computing data centers

Posted: 1st Mar 2024

Data centers are significant drivers of growth in electricity demand. Cloud computing data centers are large facilities that need an incredible amount of electricity to run and maintain, but there are worldwide efforts to move to more sustainable energy.

The progress to address climate change with energy sustainability is happening at a slower pace than expected, according to the COP28 UN Climate Change Conference held in November 2023. As a result, all nations will seek ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions further, with the goal to cut them down 43% by 2030 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Doing so will help protect the planet from environmental risks and impacts.

New regulations will target data centers to moderate energy consumption and curtail emissions, and data centers will have to find ways to increase their overall sustainability to comply. This begs the question: Is transitioning from physical data centers to cloud computing data centers a potential path to cultivate better energy efficiency and sustainability?

 

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