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Nordic democratic festivals zoom in on sustainability

20 June 2019
Festivals overriding message that we all have a responsibility when it comes to our sustainable, digital future
Nordic democratic festivals zoom in on sustainability

The democratic festival season in the Nordic countries kicked off last week with the Danish version – the People's Democratic Festival in Allinge, Bornholm and DigiPlex participated in key debates with the overriding message that we all have a responsibility when it comes to a sustainable, digital future. DigiPlex will also be present at the Swedish festival ‘Almedalen Week’ in June-July and at the Norwegian festival ‘Arendalsuke’ in mid-August.

Spearheaded by CEO Gisle M. Eckhoff, DigiPlex participated in the democratic festival on Bornholm. Here, we had plenty of opportunity to share our know-how as regards the key role of data centres in the digital society, smart cities, the green transition of municipalities, the increased use of block chain technology in health care and a lot more.

During the four-day festival, more than 1,125 associations and organisations, NGOs and political parties held more than 3,000 events with an audience of more than 120,000 people. The People’s Democratic Festival in Allinge is a political event for and by the people, and this year, the overriding theme was the UN's sustainable development goals.

Data centres increasingly need more energy but can contribute to the local district heating system...
At the climate and energy stage, focus was obviously on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No. 7: Affordable and Clean Energy with, among others, an expert panel debating whether ‘Data centres steal our green energy’. The energy topic is key to address from an overarching data centre industry perspective.

In the years ahead, digital growth will continue to entail an expansion of data centre capacity locally in Denmark and, meanwhile, the energy network (electricity infrastructure) will have to be upgraded and the production of sustainable energy increased. New data centre investments have to be followed up by a responsible behaviour, with hyperscalers taking sustainable energy production up for consideration as there is a widespread desire to make use of waste heat – if only local politicians can reach an agreement on the tax issue.

It is vitally important that everyone takes responsibility for the environment not just in Denmark but in all the Nordic countries. Politicians and energy companies must ensure a green energy supply, operators must build data centres that are sustainable and have heat reuse solutions that supply the local district heating system with heat, and private individuals need to demand guaranteed green solutions for their data usage. Denmark needs to produce green energy in a much faster pace to meet the increasing demand not only due to the development of data centres but also for other energy consuming areas. Important to remember, a growing data centre capacity in Denmark can ensure that the Danes’ continued digitisation takes place through sustainable data centres on Danish soil and not in other geographical markets.

In keeping with our vision of demonstrating leadership within sustainability, DigiPlex aims to play an active role in this area, not only for the benefit of our customers, but also for our society and our common future. Accordingly, DigiPlex also plans to participate in the democratic festival in Sweden in June-July and the festival in Norway in mid-August.

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