IEA – Data Centres and Data Transmission Networks – Tracking Report June 2020

Global internet traffic surged by almost 40% between February and mid-April 2020, driven by growth in video streaming, video conferencing, online gaming, and social networking. This growth comes on top of rising demand for digital services over the past decade: since 2010, the number of internet users worldwide has doubled while global internet traffic has grown 12-fold. However, rapid improvements in energy efficiency have helped to limit energy demand growth from data centres and data transmission networks, which each accounted for around 1% of global electricity use in 2019. Strong government and industry efforts on energy efficiency, renewables procurement, and RD&D are necessary to limit growth in energy demand and emissions over the next decade.

The IEA had a number of recommendations which the CATALYST project support, these can be seen below:

1) Improve data collection and commit to efficiency and climate targets

2) Encourage energy efficiency and flexibility in data centre operations *Core CATALYST Principle

3) Use data centres as drivers for renewable energy use *Core CATALYST Principle

4) Enact policies for more efficient data transmission networks

5) Invest in RD&D for efficient next-generation computing and communications technologies *CATALYST Roadmap

You can read the rest of the report here

At a glance

  • No: 768739
  • Acronym: CATALYST
  • Title: Converting data centres in energy flexibility ecosystems
  • Starting date: October 1, 2017
  • Duration in months: 36
  • Call identifier: H2020-EE-2017-RIA-IA
  • Topic: EE-20-2017; Bringing to market more energy efficient and integrated data centres