Greening ICT in Europe: Data Centres and the Grid

Presentation and debate of CERRE’s latest research on Greening ICT in Europe: Data Centres and the Grid



The information and communication technology (ICT) sector is central to the future of the European economy and the continent’s road to net zero. Simultaneously, the EU is also trying to quantify the sector’s energy consumption and environmental impact. In this context, the European Commission has been looking closely at the contribution and subsequent impact of data centres (DCs).

CERRE’s latest cross-sector report, “Greening ICT in Europe: Data Centres and the Grid”, looks into the drivers and nature of DC energy consumption, Europe’s attractiveness for DC investment, the legal status of DCs, and what net zero energy policies imply for DCs. The report also provides a range of regulatory and policy recommendations to frame the potential evolution of DCs as active players in the EU energy system, helping to ensure adequate grid management and optimisation in the context of growing computing needs.

Join us on Wednesday 13 October at 14:30 for a detailed presentation of the report and its recommendations by authors and leading academics Michael Pollitt and Catherine Banet, followed by a discussion with regulators, industry actors, and policymakers. More detailed programme and speaker list to follow.

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Oct 13 2021


8:30 am - 10:00 am

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