People visit a display centre of the National Big Data Comprehensive Pilot Area in southwestern province of Guizhou in May 2019. Photo: Xinhua
People visit a display centre of the National Big Data Comprehensive Pilot Area in southwestern province of Guizhou in May 2019. Photo: Xinhua

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Why data centres, 5G networks are at the forefront of climate-change fight in China

  • Global internet traffic surged by more than 40 per cent in 2020, driven by demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to IEA
  • Data centres and 5G network operators still rely on electricity generated by coal-fired plants as China remains reliant on ‘dirty’ energy’ on the grid

People visit a display centre of the National Big Data Comprehensive Pilot Area in southwestern province of Guizhou in May 2019. Photo: Xinhua
People visit a display centre of the National Big Data Comprehensive Pilot Area in southwestern province of Guizhou in May 2019. Photo: Xinhua
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