Power up: Data centers use more energy than a small city

Assessing their ESG credentials

Guillaume Mascotto of American Century Investments

Guillaume Mascotto of American Century Investments

Data centres emerged as one of the cornerstones of modern technology infrastructure subsequent to rising demand for online services and cloud computing solutions.

The world's data centres consume vast amounts of electricity nowadays, and with global data traffic doubling every four years, that percentage is expected to grow rapidly. Data centres are responsible for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions comparable to the entire airline industry. One estimate claims that 90% of all data in existence today was created in the past two years and it is likely to accelerate as adoption of new technologies increases including 5G wireless computing, connected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), the shift to electric cars, artificial intelligence and robo...

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