More data centres mean Ireland cannot meet 51% climate target

New Eirgrid figures show data centres needing 70 per cent of the country’s peak electricity demand are operating or are due to be

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
13th June, 2021
More data centres mean Ireland cannot meet 51% climate target
Government officials have privately conceded that if all the requested data centres are to be connected then Ireland will not reach its 51 per cent reduction targets by 2030, and therefore data centre policy will have to change.

The government is facing a choice between continuing to allow the expansion of the data centre sector or meeting the climate targets it is currently trying to have written into law, an analysis by the Business Post shows.

New figures released by Eirgrid last week show that data centres amounting to 3,800 megawatts (MW) worth of energy demand are now requesting connection or are already connected to the power grid, which is nearly...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Currency

What's Included

With any subscription you will have access to

  • 971569B3-2C5E-4C45-B798-CEADE16987A8

    Unlimited multi-device access to our iPad, iPhone and Android Apps

  • 099C8662-C57C-42F2-9426-F2F90DF17C8F

    Unlimited access to our eReader library

  • 198AE43B-B9CF-4892-8769-D63C2104BA08

    Exclusive daily insight and opinion seven days a week

  • D8F37B78-25E4-4E4A-A376-4F5789B1564A

    Create alerts to never miss a subject that matters to you

  • B15F2521-37CD-4E02-B898-730A20D39F7F

    Get access to exclusive offers for subscribers on gifts and experiences

  • A564FE02-1AB8-4579-AF9D-BA32A2E5ACA7

    Get content from Business Post, Business Post Magazines, Connected, Tatler and Food & Wine

Related Stories

Publication of carbon budgets delayed

Government pushes back on Europe-wide carbon tax plan

EU’s planned carbon tax regime could lead to another trade war with the US

Climate targets are now set in law, but can they be achieved?