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Singapore moves forward with green data centres to meet growing energy needs for AI

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  • Singapore's green data center roadmap aims to add 300 megawatts of capacity and enhance energy efficiency to meet the growing demands of AI and computing.
  • Data centers are significant carbon emitters, contributing to 82% of Singapore's ICT sector emissions and 7% of the nation's total electricity consumption.
  • The initiative includes deploying energy-efficient IT equipment and offering incentives for resource efficiency, aligning with Singapore's sustainability goals.

Singapore, a city-state known for its ambitious digital economy, is taking significant steps to address the escalating energy demands driven by artificial intelligence (AI) and computing. On Thursday, Singapore unveiled a comprehensive green data center roadmap, a strategic initiative designed to bolster the nation's data center capacity while prioritizing sustainability.

The roadmap aims to deliver at least 300 megawatts of additional capacity in the immediate future, with further expansion through green energy deployments. This move is crucial as the demand for AI and computing power continues to surge, placing immense pressure on national energy networks. A report by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change highlighted this growing challenge, stating, "As demand for AI has grown, so too has demand for energy. This has created strains on national energy networks, which need to be managed in the short term".

Singapore's Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information, Janil Puthucheary, emphasized the critical need for increased digital and AI compute capacity. He noted, "As the demand for digital and AI compute continues to rise, the need for data center capacity will grow". To address this challenge, the roadmap outlines several key strategies, including enhancing energy efficiency in all data centers, deploying energy-efficient IT equipment, and offering incentives or grants for resource efficiency.

The environmental impact of data centers is a significant concern. According to the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, data centers are the largest indirect carbon emitters within Singapore's information and communications technology (ICT) sector, contributing to 82% of the sector's emissions and accounting for 7% of the nation's total electricity consumption . Puthucheary acknowledged this issue, stating, "Data centers here are the biggest indirect carbon emitters of the information and communications sector".

Singapore ranks as the second-largest data center market in Southeast Asia and the sixth-largest in the Asia-Pacific region, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield. The city-state is home to over 70 cloud, enterprise, and co-location data centers, which host a variety of cloud platforms and digital services . This extensive infrastructure underscores the importance of transitioning to more sustainable practices to mitigate the environmental impact.

The green data center roadmap is a forward-thinking approach that aligns with Singapore's broader sustainability goals. By focusing on energy efficiency and green energy deployments, Singapore aims to reduce the carbon footprint of its ICT sector while meeting the growing demands of AI and computing. This initiative not only addresses immediate energy challenges but also sets a precedent for other nations to follow in the pursuit of sustainable technology solutions.

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