European Commission launches energy efficient cloud study

11 Nov 2020 12:31 PM

A study was yesterday published on energy consumption of cloud services and suggested areas for policy intervention.

The European Commission has just launched a study commissioned from the Austrian Energy Agency on the energy implications of cloud services in Europe, both now and looking ahead.  By cloud, think data infrastructure.  The study has been a while in gestation, runs to some 290 pages and will take some time to digest.  On first impression, however, it appears to be rather a curate’s egg. The first things to strike me before a more detailed analysis are as follows:

So the Commission has to decide which problem it wants to solve, and while I am, as ever, frustrated that studies of this kind continue to promulgate rather than dispel myths, that does not mean that there is no room for policy action.  I’m sure I agree with the Commission that the focus should be on the energy related issues that are not going to solve themselves, but we may choose to differ on how we define those!   I will now have a more detailed read of the study so that we can collectively consider any implications.  Expect and update in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, you can find the announcement and the study itself here: