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Data Center World 2023

Data Center World delivers expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Data Center World educational conference programming is focused on the rapidly advancing data center technologies. Click on session titles for full session descriptions. All times noted are in CST (Austin, Texas time zone).

Circular Economy Adoption: Is this a strategic decision towards data centre sustainability?

Dr Umaima Haider  (Lecturer -Computer Science & Digital Technologies, University of East London)

Location: Room 8ABC

Date: Wednesday, May 10

Time: 2:35 pm - 3:25 pm

Pass Type: All Access, Industry Conference, Standard, AFCOM Vendor Member

Track: Sustainability & Mission Critical Facilities Management

Session Type: Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Audience Level: All

No doubt, during the pandemic, data centres have played a key role in addressing various challenges, from enabling remote working, to online education and medical innovation (e.g. speeding up vaccine development). Due to this, there is a significant increase in demand for digital services, with numerous upcoming digitalization projects and services fuelled by emerging trends and technologies such as smart cities, Internet of Things, and 5G amongst others. The explosive growth in demand is matched by an increase in demand for equipment and energy to power the rapidly expanding data centres. This amplified demand for IT equipment creates a global environmental challenge.

Driven by false perceptions, enterprises often default to buying new equipment to refresh or expand their IT infrastructure, leading to a significant amount of e-waste and the consumption of natural resources. Based on the scientific findings, this session will highlight the adoption of circular economy best practices, that is, the use of refurbished/remanufactured IT equipment compared to new IT equipment (especially as we see supply chains of new equipment becoming unstable) which will lead to better performance and environmental saving opportunities.


- Understanding the environmental impact of IT infrastructure
- The importance of circular economy uptake for a sustainable data centre
- Environmental saving opportunities compared to refurbished vs new IT equipment
- Will transform the way data centre professionals procure IT equipment