Gone with the clouds: Estimating the water footprint of cloud computing in Europe

Francisco Farfan Orozco, Alena Lohrmann

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Abstract

Cloud and data services have experienced a constant increase in demand ever since their availability. Whether for computing of complex models, digital data storage, blockchain transactions or digital service hosting, digital data is having an increasingly important role in society. However, with the increasing presence of data centers, not only the availability and quality of cloud and data services increases, but also the demand for electricity and water by the digital service industry. In this work, we aim to provide an estimation for the current and future water consumption of digital data services in Europe from 2022 to 2030. The projection considers European trends for population, data services consumption, technological development and energy consumption among other factors. In our projections, an estimate of 157.7 to 473.2 million cubic meters of water and 24.1TWh to 72.4TWh of electricity will be consumed yearly in OECD-Europe in 2030 by data centers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts 5th SEE-SDEWES Conference
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb
ISBN (Electronic)2706-3682
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventSouth East European Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems - Vlore, Albania
Duration: 22 May 202226 May 2022
Conference number: 5
https://www.vlore2022.sdewes.org/

Conference

ConferenceSouth East European Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Abbreviated titleSEE-SDEWES
Country/TerritoryAlbania
CityVlore
Period22/05/2226/05/22
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Keywords

  • Data center
  • Energy demand
  • Water consumption
  • sustainability

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