Data Centres – Environmental consequences

Earlier this year, finance minister, in Budget speech, proposed the development of a policy to enable private sector players to build data centre parks in India. This is not the first time that India has sought to regulate the establishment of data centres. Previously, the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeITY) sought to establish data centres at the state level to further the National e-Governance Plan and released comprehensive guidelines to regulate the same.

A key concern addressed inadequately by these guidelines is the ecological impact of data centres. The adverse environmental impact of data centres needs to be counted. There is a need for the upcoming policy to institute mechanisms that monitor such impact.

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Source:”Financial Express”.


Assess the environmental threat posed by the data centres. Suggest mitigation measures needed.