Environmentally labelled data storage can solve a growing environmental threat
DiDigital on-line Swedish article
The world's data centres are currently facing an increasingly large part of global greenhouse emissions. In order to avoid digitalisation as an environmental threat, the datacenter company DigiPlex highlight how we are unaware of the risk of increasing the amount of "dirty data" when using digital services. "All digital activity begins in a data center and every individual is in many cases an environmental “criminal” without knowing it," says Lars Tisén, CCO at the data center company DigiPlex.
During 2017, every minute we sent 16 million SMS and 156 million emails while 4.1 million videos were viewed on YouTube. This explosion of data has meant that the data center industry has grown rapidly in recent years. Today it accounts for 2% of the world's annual CO2 emissions – and 3% of total energy consumption. In addition, new technologies such as IoT, Big Data and Edge Computing will increase both energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions exponentially.
To avoid digitisation as a threat to the environment, climate and energy-efficient data centers are therefore required. Furthermore, the datacenter company DigiPlex believes that it should be easier for consumers to avoid creating dirty data when using digital services.
"Consumers often buy eco-labelled products to make an active environmentally friendly choice, but this label does not exist for digital services today," says Tisén.
Read the complete article in Swedish online here or download an English translation here.