Norway powers up a clean data centre future for CIOs

Norway and its neighbours are at the forefront of making the data centre environmentally sustainable.


It has become a common element of business and technology vernacular that data is the new oil. For Norway, a country that was at the forefront of the North Sea oil boom of the last century, data centres are replacing oil as an economic powerhouse. So, should organisations consider Norway as the next home for their data centre procurement choices?

At the beginning of the last century, Norway was not considered a wealthy European nation, but it would end the century with one of the highest incomes per capita in the world. North Sea oil and gas accounted for 51% of the nation’s exports. The proceeds of the oil boom were not wasted; successive Norwegian governments invested in infrastructure programmes to provide Norway with high-quality energy and transport systems, backed by a strong educational ethos. As Norway reduces its economic reliance on oil in the 2020s, the humble data centre is at the heart of a new, environmentally sustainable agenda. In the Nordics region (Norway, Denmark and Sweden), PA Consulting says over 200 data centres have been built, and the digital leaders of our age have all backed the Nordics, with Facebook, Google and Microsoft all setting up shop in the region. 

In a post-pandemic economy where consumers and many business leaders have no appetite to go back to the old and outdated methods of 2019, there is an awareness of the need to tackle climate change. Dubbed the dirty secret of technology by data centre insiders, reducing the environmental impact of the data centre is now rising up the strategic agenda, which is why Norway and its neighbours are in a strong position to clean up.

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