Data centers and AI need a lot of electricity – and at the same time should help to cope with climate change. A contradiction? Are you kidding me? Are you serious when you say that! A guest post.
IIn the fight against climate change, digital technologies have become indispensable. Intelligent control systems across various economic sectors help to be more energy-efficient, to conserve resources and ultimately to achieve climate goals. Intelligent power grids enable more sustainable energy generation and distribution. Digital solutions also help to reduce CO2 emissions in agricultural and industrial production, in trade, as well as in the mobility and transport sector.
For example, “digital twins” in the pharmaceutical industry help to optimize the decentralized production of drugs through real-time data acquisition, thereby minimizing physical iterations by digitally simulating prototypes and production processes. In addition, the use of chemicals, water consumption and the amount of waste can be reduced if digital simulations replace physical test scenarios. Based on its recently conducted study “Climate Effects of Digitization”, the Bitkom Association is assuming a potential saving of around 150 megatons of CO2 in the next ten years for Germany alone – this corresponds to almost 20 percent of the current greenhouse gas emissions in Germany.