Fingal County Council has voiced its doubts regarding Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) plan for three data centres in Dublin 15, previously submitted by Universal Developers in December.
After an Environmental Impact Statement revealed that the campus would consume 219.7MW of power and produce an annual 607,523 tonnes of CO2, the Council asked Universal Developers to demonstrate how the proposal follows the Government’s revised policy on data centres, released in July.
Instead of banning new data centres, the Statement on the Role of Data Centres in Ireland’s Enterprise Strategy has proposed tighter regulations to meet the 2030 interim climate goals.
In response, Universal Developers have stated that AWS will tap power from its three windfarms in Ireland. However, several objectors have argued that other data centres are already taking up too much of the electricity grid and that the small number of new jobs does not justify the amount of CO2 the centres will produce.
It remains to be seen whether Amazon Web Services can convince Fingal County Council that its plans for the three data centres align with the Government’s updated policy, as the Council continues to review the proposal and its potential environmental impact.”