The data centre industry (DCI) is evolving rapidly, as society is becoming more dependent on digital technologies. Currently, there are 7.2 million DCs globally and provision is predicted to grow fivefold by 2030. The sector already utilises millions of tonnes of resources, including Critical Raw Materials, and the demand will only increase. DCI is based on a linear economy; recycling and materials reclamation infrastructure are also inadequate. At the end-of-life, many materials are either lost to landfill, incinerated, or unaccounted for. Furthermore, many virgin materials are located in geopolitically sensitive locations, which poses a threat to the supply chain that the sector relies on.
An article by Kristina Kerwin and Prof Deborah Andrews (LSBU), Naeem Adibi and Carolina Szablewski (WeLOOP), Beth Whitehead (Operational Intelligence) and Julie Chenadec (Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance) titled 'Developing a Circular Economy for the Data Centre Industry- how the CEDaCI project contributes to sustainable decision making' has been published by the E3S Web of Conferences Journal.
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