Millions of Germans are currently unable to get to to their usual workplaces or attend scheduled appointments due to the railway strike. A recent eco survey has shown that the use of digital technologies and applications such as video conferencing is once again the method of choice to compensate for this situation.
The EU Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive requires operators of data centres with an IT capacity of 500 kW or more to publish their energy efficiency data in the future. The eco Alliance is in favour of common European standards for the energy-efficient and climate-neutral operation of data centres. However, the current reporting obligations should be kept within reasonable limits.
The German federal government’s next Digital Summit will take place in Frankfurt in 2024. This was officially announced today, Friday, by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).
Associations in Germany are calling for improvements in the conditions for network rollout. Today the Gigabit Symposium – organised by ANGA, Bitkom, BREKO, BUGLAS, eco and VATM – is reviewing the situation together with politicians and the industry, with the current German federal government now two years in action. The important EU level groundwork is also under discussion.
German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) Robert Habeck recently presented a strategy paper that, in particular, provides for a so-called bridge electricity price to relieve energy-intensive companies of the burden of rising electricity prices.
The use of digital levers in the industrial, urban and rural sectors will enable CO2 savings of 163 megatonnes by 2050. This is shown in a study conducted by eco and Arthur D. Little in cooperation with the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, the latter which was founded under the umbrella of eco.
In Germany, the Internet industry is recovering more quickly than expected from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the Ukraine crisis. This is conveyed in the update of the eco Industry Monitor. In 2023, eco and Arthur D. Little predict a growth rate of 14 per cent. Moreover, in the medium to long term, artificial intelligence promises significant growth in all industry segments.
The German Bundestag is expected to adopt the Energy Efficiency Act today, Thursday. The eco Alliance sees great potential in the new act for optimising the utilisation of waste heat from data centres, and thus also for achieving the climate targets in Germany. At the same time, the following is called for: In order to extract the maximum sustainability potential from digital infrastructures and also to make the best possible utilisation of data centre waste heat, the federal, state and municipalities must remedy further political deficits.
We spoke to Dr. Michael Lipka, Senior Manager Technology Strategy, Huawei Technologies Germany, about the crucial role of digital infrastructures and wireless technologies for Smart Home use cases. On 12 September 2023, the eco Networks and IoT Competence Groups will meet at the Huawei OpenLab in Ismaning to discuss groundbreaking topics of current and future Smart Home applications under the motto "Digital Infrastructure as the Basis of Smart Home Applications" (a German-language event).
In the course of the German federal government’s planned Energy Efficiency Act, politicians and the Internet industry have recently been intensively discussing how providers of the digital infrastructure ecosystem can further improve their energy efficiency in Germany. A particular focus here has been on the data centre industry and the requirements for waste heat delivery.
In the context of the energy efficiency act planned by the German government, politicians and the Internet industry have recently engaged in extensive discussions on how providers of the digital infrastructure ecosystem can further improve their energy efficiency in Germany. The focus has been particularly on the data centre industry and the regulations surrounding the utilisation of waste heat.
Dr Béla Waldhauser, spokesperson for the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany comments on this week's last minute amendments to the German federal government’s draft bill for the planned Energy Efficiency Act.
eco Chair of the Board Oliver Süme: “Sustainability and digitalisation are two sides of the same coin – digital technologies and applications are part of the solution to achieve the climate goals.” The study conducted by eco and Arthur D. Little examines the impacts of digital transformation on resource efficiency...
Energy transition, regulatory requirements and growing demands from artificial intelligence and digital ecosystems – and all this against the backdrop of skilled shortages. The challenges facing the data centre industry have increased rather than decreased over the past year. The Data Center Expert Summit 2023 brought the data centre industry together in Dreieich near Frankfurt on 14-15 June.
The final vote on the German federal government’s planned Energy Efficiency Act is expected to take place on 22 and 23 June. The Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures, considers the draft act in this form to be detrimental to Germany as a digital location and appeals to all members of the Bundestag to intensively scrutinise the Energy Efficiency Act and to take the concerns of the data centre industry seriously.
Karl Kimmig is Head of the Data Center Segment at ABB in Germany. In an eco interview, he talks about high-availability data centres, energy efficiency and sustainability. ABB will provide more exciting insights on topics including data centres and sustainability at this year’s German language Data Center Expert Summit on 14 and 15 June.
Tomorrow, Thursday, the German Bundestag will discuss the Energy Efficiency Act in its first reading. The Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, founded under the umbrella of the eco Association, considers the current version of the draft approved by the Federal Cabinet in April to be detrimental to Germany as a digital location.
Recent innovations and developments in AI have intensified the debate around data protection. Prof. Dr Anne Riechert, Board Member of the AI Frankfurt Rhein-Main Society gives a first insight into the topic and presents the activities of the AI Frankfurt Rhein-Main Society.
The Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany calls for data centres to be included in the current discussion on the introduction of industry electricity prices. The German federal government should recognise the importance of the industry as the backbone of digitalisation and part of the solution in achieving climate goals.
To take stock of the German federal government’s digital policy, the Network Policy Forum will take place on 25 April with German Digital Minister Volker Wissing. In advance, eco Chair Süme formulates three core requirements for the implementation of the Digital Strategy.
The Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany voices criticism on the draft for a new Energy Efficiency Act adopted yesterday by the German Federal Cabinet. While this act sets out the right objectives, the obligations it imposes on data centres to release their waste heat cannot be implemented in such a format and could lead to data centres relocating to neighbouring European countries.
Dr. Béla Waldhauser, spokesperson for the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, founded under the umbrella of eco – Association of the Internet Industry, comments on the new draft act for a German energy efficiency law that was released this Monday, 3 April 2023.
In Germany, the amendment to the electricity price brake is expected to be passed in today’s cabinet meeting. eco and the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures are strongly critical of the amendment introduced by the Federal Ministry of Economics.
On the strength of the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact, the international data centre industry is supporting the climate goals of the European Commission. Dr Béla Waldhauser, Spokesperson of the Alliance for the Strengthening of Digital Infrastructures in Germany, is now once again a candidate for the upcoming board election.