Tuesday August 11, 2020

ESRI says data centre energy growth should force climate target rethinks

A new paper from the Institute suggests fossil fuels can play a role in meeting the centres’ energy demands

Daniel Murray

Business Reporter

12th April, 2020
The ESRI warned that they risked being overlooked as cost effective low-carbon options to meet the large expansion in data centre demand

The large growth in energy demand from data centres should cause Irish and European authorities to rethink how they will reach climate targets, according to a new paper from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

The “working paper”, written by Desta Fitiwi and Muireann Lynch, suggested fossil fuels could play a very cost-effective and climate friendly role in meeting new data centre energy demand, if carbon capture storage (CCS) technology was effectively implemented....

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