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Data Centre LIVE’s Sustainable Data Centres Forum, featuring Schneider Electric, VIRTUS Data Centres, Infraprime, and Uptime Institute

The Sustainable Data Centre Forum, with contributions from Uptime Institute’s Ali Moinuddin, Steven Brown of Schneider Electric, VirtusDavid Watkins and Susanna Kass of Infraprime, saw the engaging panel dive into the capabilities of legacy technologies and how they are key to making the transition to more climate-friendly offerings.

With data centre operators having a duty to reduce their environmental impacts, the vast topic was tackled head-on. Design and build is “critical” to data centres’ sustainability, said Watkins. “We need to look further than efficiency now and really need to get into stuff like embodied carbon. All of us operate and build efficient data centres, but now it’s more about the entire life cycle.”

Sustainable Data Centres Forum

Sourcing locally was also highlighted by Watkins, and echoed by Brown who added: “Design and build has become critical to how sustainable our data centres are. We have done very well as an industry in procuring green energy - so unless you’re a very legacy data centre running very inefficiently, you’re going to find that most of your embodied carbon lifecycle is in that design and build phase which is a challenge.

“What I’m optimistic on is that there’s also a business incentive to deploy that kind of technology and design and build.”

Kass added: "We need to think about emissions throughout the lifecycle, not just in defence, but also embracing the entire supply response.

“It's important to look at energy efficiency, renewable energy, water efficiency, and waste management throughout the lifecycle of a data centre."

“We're looking at the actual environmental impact of the infrastructure from the day that it's commissioned all the way to the end of life,” Moinuddin voiced.

“We are seeing more choices around technology, which are driving efficiency.” 

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