Bummer: Irish Data Centers Are Killing Us With Carbon Pollution

It is amusing that a news outlet, the UK Guardian, that depends on data centers is railing against them by allowing a Warmist, Rory Carroll, to run an article that wouldn’t be read without data centers

Why Irish data centre boom is complicating climate efforts

Inside Digital Realty’s Dublin data centre, racks of shiny black servers throb and whirr as unseen fans cool machines that steadily process unending data.

It operates 24 hours a day from the business park, sited on a former orchard, and the data joins a digital torrent in an underground fibre ring network that sweeps around the Irish capital and connects to undersea cables – the physical backbones of the digital world.

It is not just for Ireland. This is also how the UK and continental Europe accesses a lot of email, social media, online shopping, Netflix and other internet services. “Everything with the word smart in front of it has a data centre behind it,” said Ben Bryan, Digital Realty’s technical operations manager in Dublin.

But there is a catch. The surge in Irish data processing will require significant new energy infrastructure and increase emissions, complicating Ireland’s response to the climate crisis. The cloud can create carbon: it is estimated that when the music video Despacito reached 5bn streamed YouTube views in 2018, the energy consumption was equivalent to powering 40,000 US homes a year (it has now exceeded 6.5bn views).

By 2028 data centres and other large users will consume 29% of Ireland’s electricity, according to EirGrid, Ireland’s state-owned transmission system operator. Worldwide data centres consume about 2% of electricity, a figure set to reach 8% by 2030. Few countries, if any, will match Ireland’s level.

It is already Europe’s data centre capital, with Amazon, Google and Microsoft siting operations there. Dozens of centres have opened in recent years, bringing the total to 54, with a combined power capacity of 642MW. Once a leading exporter of floppy discs and CD-Roms, Ireland has successfully transitioned to the big data era.

Tell Millennials and GenZ that they will have to give up their use of the Internet to stream stuff and see if they quit the Cult of Climastrology

But the boom will exact a price. Ireland is one of the EU’s worst carbon emission offenders and faces fines of more than €250m for missing 2020 targets on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Missing later targets will trigger steeper fines.

Rory forgets to make a recommendation as to what should be done about this. Should Ireland get rid of the data centers? Start fining companies? Make them pay carbon taxes? Who knows, Rory just whines. Funny how Warmists are always whining about living a modern life and basically everything in it.

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2 Responses to “Bummer: Irish Data Centers Are Killing Us With Carbon Pollution”

  1. John says:

    You really ought to take a closer look at Ireland’s use of renewable power
    This year 40% of its electrical needs are met from renewables and will continue to increase yearly
    Data centers use about 5% of Ireland’s electricity
    My guess is that the total use by data centers will be met by the increase in renewable generation in 1-2 years

    • alanstorm says:

      Citations? Evidence?

      What kind of renewables?

      I’m not saying you’re wrong, but “renewables” have a pretty dismal track record.

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