Thailand aiming to build more green data centers

Large-scale data management is essential to advancing economies, while facilities require huge amounts of energy, posing challenges for the environment and the goal of net zero emissions. Hence, Thailand is aiming to have more green data centers.

As part of its drive to grow the country’s digital economy, Thailand has already emerged as a regional leader in data centers, management and processing, as well as cloud services. The energy powering most of the data centers is currently derived from fossil fuels.

Green data centers are powered by renewables such as solar, wind and other sources.

“Data-driven technology has the potential to shape the future in new and unimaginable ways, and first, businesses and individuals must ensure that there is a future to look forward to. Embracing sustainability is a pressing matter, and change must begin immediately,” said Yap Jin Yi, CEO of SUPERNAP, a Thailand-based firm specializing in digital infrastructure.

SUPERNAP is the only data management company in Thailand that is already sourcing its massive energy needs from solar farms. But others are expected to begin transitioning soon, as corporate Thailand is on board with the government’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

The Techwire Asia website said that “During the 2022 APEC Summit, it was clear that Thailand is trying to strike a balance between performance and sustainability, prioritizing recovery and growth, while keeping an eye on consistent sustainable development that will allow the country to thrive for years to come.”

The Kingdom currently has 32 operational colocation data centers. Techwire wrote that the data center market in Thailand was worth $660 million in 2021, and is forecast to rise to $1.03 billion by 2027.

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