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Government needs to take action on spiking internet energy demands

University of Sussex Business School calls for more efficient datacentres to limit the unsustainable and unchecked growth in internet and online services which represents a very real threat to energy security.

New research from the University of Sussex Buisness school is calling on businesses and policy makers to boost the energy efficiency of data centres.

Forecasting a huge rise in demand for energy from internet and online services, the research warns this will add pressure to energy security and reaching carbon targets if policymakers do not take action.

Internet and datacentre demand is one of the fastest growing sectors of electricity consumption.

Internet and online services account for about 10% of global electricity demand but that is expected to at least double over the next decade.

With their energy use predicted to continue to double every four years, datacentres have the fastest-growing carbon footprint within the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

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“The internet and its digital practices now have potential negative sustainability impacts and without rapid intervention, those impacts threaten to worsen considerably. The global growth in ICT emissions is currently unsustainable, unchecked, and represents a threat to energy security and climate stability.”

Benjamin K Sovacool, Professor of Energy Policy at the University of Sussex Business School

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