Are current digital and data technologies and trends promoting or preventing it?
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The UK Government has signed up to a carbon free energy policy and the environmental impact of IT is an area which is constantly in the headlines whenever the climate debate rears its head.
The energy used to provide IT services is still rising year on year and there have been numerous media articles saying that "data centres could become one of the biggest energy consumers on the planet”. These tend to overlook the fact that the data centre sector, and IT vendors, have made tremendous strides over the past 15 years to make everything they do much more efficient.
The media are less vocal about the fact that ALL components of the IT infrastructure require energy and there has been a massive growth in the number of wireless electronic devices and a demand for services such as streaming video, Meta, Alexa, etc. is increasing pressure on data providers to develop new technologies like 5G to meet this demand but all of these technologies need more and more electrical energy.
Real sustainability starts with reduction in demand, not just with 'renewable' energy and Virtual Power Purchase Agreements, so how should the public balance their growing demand for more and faster IT services against their demand for Net Zero?
This joint webinar will highlight the need to properly educate and inform governments, the media and, not least, the public about the real problems we all face.
There will be further webinars during the year to debate and develop some key areas in more detail.
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