Data centres consume approximately 1.5% of the world's energy and capacity in the industry continues to grow. The growth in demand and capacity is increasing data centres’ energy footprint and energy demand must be kept in check. According to Pike Research, the widespread adoption of energy-efficient data centre technologies and best practices could significantly limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from data centres – 13% through 2016.
"The drive toward green data centres is a response to business requirements to reduce costs across the company as well as a response to environmental concerns," said Research Director Eric Woods. "Within the data centre environment, that translates to a mandate to reduce energy consumption, which in turn is driving innovation. Data centre operators are exploring new ideas related to business models, facility construction, layout and design, air flow dynamics, new technology, and monitoring and management tools."
Source: Fierce Energy