Global Growth Potential of Energy Efficient Data Centres


Data centres are among the most complex and energy-demanding facilities in the world. Currently, the world's data centres consumed 3% of global electricity with a growth project to 20% by 2025. These power hungry data centres are now responsible for 2% of global CO2 emissions, a similar share of the entire aviation industry. This value potentially will escalate to 14% by 2040.

The economic and environmental ramifications of continued data centre growth provide the rationale for exploring more energy-efficient practices. The benefits of data centre energy efficiency range from 20-40%[1]as typical average savings up to a maximum potential of around 80%[2], reduced operational cost, reduced environmental impacts and an extension of the life and capacity of the infrastructure.

This webinar intends to discuss the growth potential of energy efficient data centres globally. We will address the role of energy efficient data centres for a sustainable low carbon development; compare data centre energy consumption and distribution in key markets including EU and China; analyse various regions' EE potential and trend; and discuss innovative EE technology, investment and planning strategies.

[1] U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, "Energy Efficiency in Data Centres", accessed at, 23rd Nov. 2018

[2] U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, R.Huang and E. Masanet, " Chapter 20: Data Center IT Efficiency Measures, The Uniform Methods Project: Methods for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings for Specific Measures", January 2015


Programme Officer, Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform
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With 8 years professional policy analyst experience, Xiao Wang joined C2E2 in 2015. She currently serves as Programme Officer of the Global Energy Efficiency Accelerator Platform, where she takes the lead in identifying and developing decision-support tools in the ecosystem of energy efficiency and energy productivity, while supporting global public-private collaborations for achieving Sustainable Energy for All. Experience in academia, public sector, NGOs and INGOs, lends her a unique mix of analytical and strategic, yet hands on, orientation to thrive in the field of energy policy planning and project implementation. Her specific areas of expertise cover policy analysis on energy access, energy efficiency and productivity, energy security; facilitation of private sector engagement; organizational network mapping and analysis; development of decision support system: models, tools and best practices.
Acting Head of Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency
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Gabriela Prata Dias is Acting Head of the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (UNEP DTU Partnership). Previously she was at ADENE, the Portuguese National Energy Agency, where she was Coordinating Director (CEO) with responsibility for implementation of energy efficiency policies in Portugal. She has MSc qualifications in Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, coupled with a very broad and long experience in energy efficiency, including with the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels, in private business and as a researcher.
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Zhuolun Chen is senior advisor in the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency. He has a Ph.D. in building science. As a LEED AP, he developed, consulted and designed more than 30 projects of green buildings and communities. As a consultant and designer, he focused on optimizing energy systems in Internet data centre (IDC) to enhance the overall efficiency level, including the application of new cooling technologies and implementation of district energy systems in IDCs etc.
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Steve is currently the VP of Channel for the Open Compute Project (OCP). In this role he helps to educate organisations on the benefits of open hardware designs and the value of “community-driven” engineering for the data centre. He works closely with Solution Providers and Manufacturers to help organisations adopt Open Compute across all regions and segments of the market. Steve spent the last 14 years living and working in Asia holding various Leadership and Channel Development roles for companies like Microsoft and Rackspace. He recently moved to London a few months ago to focus on building the EMEA business.
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J.R.Laban is a consultancy and training business which specialises in the design of data centres and Information Transport Systems. He was on the design team for Telehouse which eventually became the first ever London Internet exchange LINX-One and today the rest is history with the huge cluster of mega data centres growing up around this first building. Since 2010 he has worked extensively in Turkey consulting to the Banks and several of Turkeys largest data centres are under his belt with more in the pipeline. Through consultancy work he discovered OCP gear at Europe’s largest data centre in Lulea Sweden and from this eureka moment he has be a passionate promoter of the new vanity free open source way.
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Li Jie, Vice Director of Data Center Research Department, Cloud Computing & Big Data Research Institute, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, Vice Chairman of the Open Data Center Committee. She has long been engaged in policy, technology, standards and industry research in data centers and the Internet. As project leader and key researcher, she participated in the research work of several national projects related to Data Center. She leads or participated in making of dozens of data center related standards. She graduated from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics with the Ph.D.