The Data Center Podcast
Companies big and small can roll out sweeping sustainability initiatives, their executives can make big statements to the press about bold corporate action to reduce their businesses’ impact on the environment, but at the end of the day, the drivers that move business to act on climate change will not be enough. That’s true for data center operators as much as it’s true for any other company, whose main goal – to be profitable – is in conflict with the added cost of sustainability.
What does move the needle on climate change is regulation, and while some industries, primarily energy and automotive, have seen new sustainability rules imposed on them (to varying degrees around the world), the data center industry has not.
This is the theme of the latest episode of The Data Center Podcast, in which we interview Ed Ansett, a long-time data center engineering and business executive who’s been outspoken on the data center industry’s impact on climate change. He’s consulted governments on how to approach the complex relationship between the data center sector and climate, where on the one hand, you have one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of energy consumption, and on the other the climate benefits of digital transformation the sector supports – things like reducing the need for travel, for example, or replacing paper documents with digital ones.
Listen to the full interview with Ed Ansett, of i3 Solutions, in full on The Data Center Podcast.