ESGAM at the Datacentre & Cloud Infrastructure Summit 2024 Malaysia

The panel discussion moderated by Amy Wong, Executive Director at Knight Frank Malaysia at the Datacentre and Cloud Infra Summit Malaysia 2024, under the theme “Advancing Green Datacentres for A Sustainable Future,” shed light on key challenges and opportunities in the realm of environmentally friendly data centers.

Among the panellists was Adj. Practice Professor Cheah Kok Hoong, President of ESGAM, who highlighted the significant hurdles hindering the widespread adoption of green data center technologies. These challenges include high initial costs, technological complexity, and regulatory uncertainties. Prof. Cheah emphasized the need for collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors to address these barriers and drive sustainable digital infrastructure development.

James Rix from JLL Malaysia and Benjamin Kho from CHINT Global elaborated on technological advancements and operational changes essential for minimizing environmental footprints in data center operations. They discussed the importance of design stages, proper disposal of old hardware, and the utilization of renewable energy sources. Dedi Iskandar from CBRE shared insights into green leases and their potential to incentivize sustainable practices among tenants and landlords in the Asia Pacific region.

In the concluding segment, each offered succinct recommendations for contributing to a greener data center ecosystem. Consistent reporting of energy and carbon, pragmatic collaboration, championing a sustainable future, and emphasizing the value proposition and responsible resource usage emerged as key takeaways from the discussion. These insights underscore the importance of collective action and innovation in advancing green data centers for a sustainable tomorrow.

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