DENMARK’S CARBON FOOTPRINT IS SET TO BALLOON—BLAME BIG TECH

·      Author: Feargus O’Sullivan

Denmark’s Carbon Footprint Is Set to Balloon—Blame Big Tech

Wind turbines operated by Vattenfall AB sit on a wind farm in Aggersund, Denmark.

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This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Denmark’s reputation as one of the most proactive countries in the world in the fight against climate change took a heavy knock this week. Despite its reputation as a green energy pioneer, a Danish government memorandum obtained by newspaper Politiken suggests that the country’s carbon emissions are due to rise sharply, by as much as 10 percent between now and 2030. The potential culprits: Apple, Facebook, and Google, among others.

That’s because these tech companies are all either planning or building major data centers in the country. It’s estimated (if not confirmed) that Denmark will host six new data centers within 12 years, and the three companies mentioned above are all either in the process of constructing or scouting sites for major facilities. According to analysis by the Danish Energy Authority, just one data center could push up the country’s electricity consumption by 4 percent—that’s more than is used in an entire year in Denmark’s third city, Odense…