Una Mullally: Why are we facilitating data centres?

Government decides to not just swallow industry’s spin, but repeat it as policy

Data centres will be using 30 per cent of our electricity – with some projections as high as 70 per cent – by the end of the decade. This is untenable.

Data centres will be using 30 per cent of our electricity – with some projections as high as 70 per cent – by the end of the decade. This is untenable.

The future of the Irish data centre industry was looking very bright last week, at a gathering in the RDS in Dublin called DataCentres Ireland, now in its 10th year. This conference brings together data centre companies, and the ancillary companies that service them – everything from cooling systems to security – and offered an excellent insight into what the industry is thinking. The emerging themes I found most interesting were nuclear power, greenwashing, fighting bad press with positive PR, and building more data centres on the west cost.

 The Government is a champion of data centres, laying out its plan for a “more, more, more” approach in 2018, when Heather Humphreys echoed the desires of the data centre industry by framing it as “critically important to ensuring that Ireland continues to be a leader in the digital economy”.

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