Rise of data centres in China sparks environmental concerns

Sector is major source of energy use and carbon emissions: Study

China's data centre industry is one of the bright spots in Beijing's push for the mainland to become a high-tech nation. But the sector has also become a major source of energy use and carbon emissions, a new study has found.

In a race to meet ever-growing demand for Internet services, the sector is on track to consume 267 terawatt-hours of energy by 2023, or two-thirds more than it does today, researchers from environmental group Greenpeace and North China Electric Power University found.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 10, 2019, with the headline 'Rise of data centres in China sparks environmental concerns'. Print Edition | Subscribe