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October 31, 2015

Datacenter Effects on Climate Change

The Impact of Datacenter Industry on the Environment

Climate change

This is one of the most serious topics we’re going to talk about and one of the main reasons the Submer team have put their heads together to substantially help reduce Data Center CO2 emissions.

The Uptime Institute states in their 2014 Data Center Industry Survey that average self-reported PUE‘s for 2014 stand at 1.7. For sure self-reported means that only datacenters that are happy with their PUE have actually reported and other studies clearly indicate that most probably, most of the datacenters around the globe are still way over the PUE 2.0 mark. This means that for each 1kW of IT load, another 1kW is needed just to make make it run (basically to keep it cool).

The Guardian and multiple other studies like Gartner Estimates ICT Industry Accounts for 2 Percent of Global CO2 Emissions, state that datacenters around the globe are responsible for more than 2% of the global CO2 emissions. That means that datacenters are responsible for similar CO2 emissions than the global aviation industry. This is approximately 771 million tonnes of CO2 in 2015.

Take a look at our SmartPUE calculator and check what datacenters and HPC can save on their electricity bill and CO2 footprint by implementing Submer’s solutions.

A special thanks to Diarmuid DaltĂșn

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