Schneider Electric has recently introduced a research report to foster an understanding of how digitized 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% by 2030.
“When the world locked down it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. “It’s 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 resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward.”
Sharing his thoughts Venkatraman Swaminathan, VP & Country General Manager, India & SAARC, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric added, “The world has been experiencing an evolution in the 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. We endeavor 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.”
Yet, as the electricity system decarbonizes, emissions would not increase by more than 26% by that time.
To help mitigate this rise in emissions, the Schneider Electric TM 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 hyper-scale data centers from a PUE standpoint.
In addition to releasing the research report, Schneider Electric also announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software and Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS).
All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data center infrastructure.