Danfoss and DEIF Gather Experts to Discuss Sustainable Data Center Solutions

Danfoss and DEIF Gather Experts to Discuss Sustainable Data Center Solutions

Sustainable data centers play an important role in meeting Dubai’s Net Zero Emissions targets for 2050

The Green Data Center seminar gathered over 80 regional experts and data center industry stakeholders this week in Dubai to discuss the pressing need for sustainability in data center operations, as one of the crucial factors in achieving regional decarbonization goals.

The seminar, co-hosted by Danfoss and DEIF in collaboration with Danish Trade Council, explored the important role energy efficiency must play in data center sustainability particularly as Dubai’s digital economy is expected to reach more than $140 billion in 2031, up from today’s nearly $38 billion.

The event's discussions align with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Global Stocktake report , which underscores the urgent need to reduce global emissions by at least 43% by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, as stipulated in the Paris Agreement.

As Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), emphasized, doubling the rate of energy efficiency progress and tripling renewable power capacity globally by 2030 is essential. Data centers, as one of the key industries, have a pivotal role to play in achieving these critical targets.

New research from the IEA shows that while the amount of computing done in data centers increased by about 550% between 2010 and 2018, the amount of energy consumed by data centers only grew by 6% during the same time.

The difference between these two data-points is striking and is attributed to rapid improvements in energy efficiency that have helped limit energy demand growth from data centers, which accounts for about 1-1.5% of global electricity use.

These improvements in energy efficiency need to be sustained and accelerated so as to meet the UNFCCC’s global emissions targets.

Danfoss and DEIF are both celebrating their 90th anniversaries this year and are committed to continuing their efforts to drive sustainability in the data center industry and enhance energy efficiency whilst aligning with global climate objectives and fostering a greener future.

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