Eric Masanet
Sep 21, 2021
How much energy do data centers use?
Eric Masanet

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the energy use of data centers is a growing concern.  This presentation will review recent estimates of global data center energy use, discuss how such statistics are derived, and review opportunities for keeping data center energy use and carbon emissions in check as the world consumes ever more data.

Eric Masanet, Ph.D., holds the Duncan and Suzanne Mellichamp Chair in Sustainability Science for Emerging Technologies at UCSB. His research develops energy and materials systems models to identify technology and policy pathways for decarbonizing industrial systems. From 2015-2017, he led the Energy Demand Technology Unit at the International Energy Agency in Paris, where he oversaw energy analyses of the global industrial, transport, and buildings sectors. He is currently a Lead Author of Chapter 5 (Demand) for Working Group III of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report and a member of the Research Advisory Board at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). He is also the former Editor in Chief of Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, the leading peer-reviewed journal on sustainable resource systems.

From 2012 -2019 he was an Associate Professor in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. From 2004-2012 he was a Research/Staff Scientist and Deputy Head in the International Energy Studies Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. While at LBNL he held a joint research appointment in UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, where he also served as Program Manager for the Engineering and Business for Sustainability Certificate Program. He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in sustainable manufacturing from UC Berkeley.

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