Editorial: Government must be honest about the gap between data centres and climate goals

While the government wants to continue its policy of supporting data centre expansion, it has to acknowledge the energy and climate implications of doing so

29th August, 2021
Editorial: Government must be honest about the gap between data centres and climate goals
If all of the 3,800 MW worth of proposed data centres are connected, and presuming we reach our already ambitious goal of 70 per cent renewables on the grid by 2030, Ireland’s electricity sector will only reduce its emissions by 40 per cent

It appears the government is in quite the quandary on how to marry its data centre policy with its climate and energy security goals.

On the one hand, the government clearly wants to continue its policy of supporting data centre expansion. There are clear benefits to this, such as solidifying the presence of some of the biggest tech companies in the world in Ireland for reasons other than tax.

But the government doesn’t seem to...

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