Climate change is a defining challenge of our time. As our world is becoming increasingly digitalised, the ever-growing volume of data and need for computing is driving significant global growth of data centers. According to one report, data centers will consume from 3–13% of global electricity in 2030 (compared to 1% in 2010).
At the same time, businesses of all types are increasingly seeking to understand, quantify, and improve their carbon footprint—either in response to regulations, out of a sense of corporate responsibility, or due to the increased demand for climate impact awareness from their customers. As more and more operations are digitalised, this carbon footprint is increasingly impacted by the energy consumption of IT workloads in data centers.