Three initiatives to reduce the carbon footprint of data centers

As more than 4600 data centers exist in the world today, here are three initiatives to reduce their energy consumption:

  • Renewable energies : More and more data centers make use of renewable energies. As a proof of concept, Lefdal Mine Datacenter in Norway is the first carbon neutral datacenter in the world with its usage of wind farms and hydroelectric plants;
  • Natural cooling : Google and Microsoft have both chosen to cool their datacenters by using seawater or having their datacenters being submerged in the sea;
  • Heat recycling : Stockholm aims to build the “Stockholm Data Parks” in downtown neighborhoods, to heat up homes directly.
  • Source: France info