Schneider Electric, a digital transformation of energy management and automation company, has released a research report to foster an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The report titled Digital Economy and Climate Impact predicts IT-sector related electricity demand is expected to increase by nearly 50 per cent by 2030. Yet, as the electricity system decarboniser, emissions would not increase by more than 26 per cent by that time. To help mitigate this rise in emissions, the Schneider Electric Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. Released at an exclusive media event presented virtually from Schneider Electric’s Boston Hub, the report highlights how the rise of edge computing requires a specific focus as these systems are expected to be less efficient than hyperscale data centers from a PUE standpoint.
“When the world locked down it also logged on and internet traffic soared. It is misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resilience as digital keeps life moving forward,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric.
Sharing his thoughts Mr. Venkatraman Swaminathan, VP and Country General Manager, India and SAARC, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric commented, “The world has been experiencing an evolution in technological shift towards a sustainable model of operations. India is on a journey of transformation and businesses are embracing green energy supported by cutting-edge technology that aims at improving efficiency and business outcomes. At Schneider Electric, we believe in co-creating an ecosystem of growth and sustainability. Our endeavor is to innovate and build future ready solutions that can be leveraged by businesses to re-imagine their approach towards digital revolution and create a benchmark on the global map of energy efficiency.”