On the strength of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, the international data centre industry is supporting the climate goals of the European Commission. These include the implementation of the EU Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and the European Data Strategy, which is to have data centres become climate-neutral by 2030.
Since April last year, Dr Béla Waldhauser, Spokesperson of the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, which was founded under the umbrella of the eco Association, has been a board member of the pact’s Self-Regulatory Initiative. Waldhauser is now once again a candidate for the upcoming board election.
“With the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, I have been working since 2018 to create the necessary political framework conditions in Germany and Europe for climate-neutral data centres,” says Waldhauser. One of the factors that this entails is the utilisation of waste heat from data centres.
Waldhauser also shows what is possible here in practice with the pilot project of Mainova and Telehouse in Frankfurt: from 2023/2025, around 1,330 new residential buildings and commercial units will be supplied with at least 60 per cent of the waste heat from the neighbouring data centre.
“What also stands out in my favour is not just my experience of more than twenty years in an operational capacity, but also being the Leader of the Data Centre and Infrastructure Competence Group at the eco Association, the Spokesperson for the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany and, of course, being a board member for the Climate Neutral Data Center Pact. This is work that I would like to continue working on.”
More info on the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact at: climateneutraldatacentre.net