Internet Energy Consumption on the Rise
The internet and its infrastructure is growing. Data centres use about 1% of global electricity demand and rising. Introduce the Covid-19 pandemic and advanced adoption of virtual meetings, video chat and streaming are the result of increased demand for electricity.
In a 2021 report published by the International Energy Association, internet traffic increased over 40% in 2020. This was due to internet-based technology and its infrastructure. The 1% mentioned earlier, is approximately 200 to 250 Terawatt-hours, roughly the same amount of energy consumed by Australia (241TWh) or Mexico (267TWh) as whole nations, individually. This number, is projected to climb to 14% by 2040.
Most of this energy to support the internet is produced with non-renewable resources. In Manitoba, we are fortunate, that 96.8% of our total energy produced is hydro electric, 2.8% from wind. 0.05% solar and 0% from coal, or natural gas, but the world is still very reliant on the latter two. The largest 12 of 15 data centres are located in the United States or China, dependant on oil, gas and coal.
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- IEA (2021), Data Centres and Data Transmission Networks, IEA, Paris https://www.iea.org/reports/data-centres-and-data-transmission-networks