Global IT energy use ‘will be as big as USA by 2040’

When you think computing or IT, think carbon, says expert from Schneider Electric

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Kevin Brown is a smooth-talking American. We chat on zoom in a relaxed manner but the Senior VP of Schneider Electric's Secure Power Division drops a bombshell at the start of our conversation.

"By 2040 edge computing alone might be 3200 TWh (Terawatt Hours) of energy consumption, that's like 275 million households bigger than the US, so it's a massive challenge in managing the carbon footprint that’s coming," he says.

Edge computing? Power consumption of TWh? What's he on about?

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