Green data centres: Singapore’s sustainable data centre opportunity

Green data centres: Singapore’s sustainable data centre opportunity

This report was originally published by AlphaBeta, part of Access Partnership on 26 April 2022.

Several key drivers enable the growth of data centres in Singapore. They include the rise of e-commerce and other strategic growth areas such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, the digital transformation of businesses and the Government as a result of COVID-19 (including significant demands from contact tracing and vaccine operations) and the Government’s strategic efforts that rely on data management and analytics (including the “Singapore 2030 Green Plan”).

At the same time, government stakeholders have raised concerns about the significant environmental impacts of data centres (with limited direct economic payoffs), which has led to the 2019 imposition of a two-year moratorium on new data centre construction in Singapore that remained in place until January 2022. The Government recently announced plans to pilot a new framework designed to ensure that new data centres are resource-efficient and contribute to Singapore’s economic and strategic objectives.

The Green Data Centres report, prepared by AlphaBeta (a subsidiary of Access Partnership) for Amazon Web Services (AWS), aims to inform the ongoing discourse by providing a precise, fact-based analysis of the current economic and environmental contributions of Singapore’s data centres, as well as how the industry could evolve under different scenarios from now until 2030. It also outlines some critical actions required from the Government and the industry to ensure the latter’s sustainable, long-term development.

Fill the form below to read the report.


Related Articles

The Metaversality Index 2022

The Metaversality Index 2022

The metaverse has been defined as the convergence of our physical and digital lives to create a virtual community where...

15 Nov 2022 Metaverse Policy Lab
Inflight Connectivity: challenges and opportunities in Latin America 

Inflight Connectivity: challenges and opportunities in Latin America 

During the last two decades, satellite technology has evolved rapidly, allowing for newer commercial applications, making end-user (residential) connectivity more...

2 Nov 2022 Reports
High Altitude Platform Stations can bridge the digital divide, globally. What’s missing? 

High Altitude Platform Stations can bridge the digital divide, globally. What’s missing? 

High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) have the potential to reduce the digital access gap worldwide. Finding a way to make...

1 Nov 2022 Reports
The Economic Opportunity of NB-IoT

The Economic Opportunity of NB-IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) is critical to our future presenting solutions to major societal challenges. These include global warming,...

31 Oct 2022 Reports