The event hosted by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) at the Natural History Museum in London has emphasized the environmental risks of digitization.
In the report, the areas of concern highlighted are the necessity for datacentre managers to understand the environmental influence of cooling water.
In the foundation to the record, Chris Howes, chief digital and data leader at Defra, informed of the increasing impact of IT on the planet. “Technologies have major environmental influences. In our ever more digitized world, they allow organizations to do things differently, and their use will only increase,” he stated.
Talking at the event, Kulveer Ranger, senior vice-president for strategy and communications at Atos, stated datacentres were silent, huge, and gobbling up strength. “When will the penny down that every tweet or Instagram post is free, but there is a digital footprint that clues to an energy footprint.” Rendering to Ranger, by 2025, a fifth of global energy consumption will come from IT.
Yet while the industry has started to understand the issue of energy-hungry datacentre equipment, Matt Bradley, sustainability director at Capgemini, said to the delegates that a typical datacentre would utilize 100,000 liters over five years.
In terms of the environmental effect of datacentre water cooling, the Defra paper advised organizations to think about a risk management strategy and a business impact analysis. It recommended IT heads to develop a water risk plan, which could acknowledge sustainable development goals. It suggested that in-house and external datacentre operators advance comprehensive water strategy and KPIs – counting local action plans – and implement water stewardship strategies.