Data centres will force State to choose between climate and investment

Irish Times | Aug 8, 2020 at 9:03 AM
  • The news that Chinese social media giant, TikTok, plans to invest up to €420 million here on a huge data centre is a reminder that Ireland is the undisputed European capital for such facilities, hosting more than 50 for big names such as Amazon and Microsoft.
  • This will make it far more difficult for the State to meet stringent targets to reduce carbon emissions in coming years.
  • At some point in coming years, the State may have to choose between meeting climate targets and investment targets.