China's Internet data power usage to surge through 2023: Study

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China's internet data power usage to surge through 2023 - study

SHANGHAI - China's burgeoning internet data sector will increase its power consumption by two-thirds by 2023, putting further pressure on the country's plans to curb smog and carbon emissions, according to a study published on Monday .

According to the study by environmental group Greenpeace and the North China Electric Power University, soaring power consumption from internet data centres is expected to result in higher carbon dioxide emissions from the country's coal-fired power plants. Power consumption from data centres reached 161 terawatt-hours last year, 2.35 per cent of China's total, and it is set to rise to 267 TWh in the next five years, more than Australia's total consumption from all sources in 2018, the study forecasts.

 

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