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The ASEAN Centre for Energy and Huawei Release a White Paper to Shape the Future of Data Center Sustainability

2024/5/17 21:34:55

SINGAPORE, May 17, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- On May 17, 2024, the White Paper on Building Next Generation Data Center Facility in ASEAN, co-developed by the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) and Huawei, was released at Global Data Center Facility Summit 2024 in Singapore. The white paper aims to accelerate the green and low-carbon transformation of the data center industry in ASEAN. 

Driven by global digitalization, digital transformation is booming in the ASEAN region. Massive data and huge compute demands have emerged, unlocking great potential in the data center market. Due to tropical climates of the ASEAN region, data centers feature high cooling requirements, high energy consumption, and power usage effectiveness (PUE) values far higher than the global average. Therefore, ASEAN governments are promoting the application of renewable energy and energy conservation technologies.

Dr. Nuki Agya Utama, Executive Director of ACE stated, "The white paper reflects on challenges in data center installations and operations, as well as a comprehensive discussion on the matter of technology trends and ways to address energy consumption, cost savings, and environmental responsibility. Moreover, it provides policy recommendations for data center markets, both mature and emerging markets, for the development of data centers."

During the summit, Dr. Andy Tirta, Head of Corporate Affairs, ACE, delivered a keynote speech. "Beyond the renewable energy to support energy security in the ASEAN region, energy efficiency is the lowest hanging fruit that could be achieved by introducing advanced technology and innovation, enabling supportive financing mechanisms, policies and regulations, including the standardization of the regional target." 

The white paper summarizes the four characteristics of next-generation data centers as Reliable, Simplified, Sustainable, and Smart. It calls for using efficient and energy-saving products and solutions in data center design, development, and O&M to improve energy efficiency.

According to the white paper, utilizing clean energy to power data centers is a good way of reducing carbon emissions. It recommends that ASEAN governments implement discounted electricity rates or tax breaks for data center operators that use clean energy as their main power source.

Carbon neutrality has become a global consensus. The white paper sets the direction for the ASEAN region to build reliable, simplified, sustainable, and smart next-generation data centers. Huawei will work with the ASEAN Centre for Energy to jointly accelerate the low-carbon and intelligent transformation across the data center industry in the ASEAN region, contributing to a sustainable future.

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