We've all debated the carbon data while we watch our energy costs sky rocket. Now it seems legislators around the world are trying to use carbon and its perceived impact (depending on your position on the validity of the data) on the environment to get elected or hold their office.
A recent article in the Financial Times (August 29, 2011) by Maja Palmer discusses the impact of UK legislation on the datacenter space. An interesting read, but to summarize: legislation on carbon emissions could be driving datacenters out of the UK or at very least discouraging the growth or consolidation of smaller centers into larger more efficient datacenters.
There are a number of organizations that offer certifications based on building efficiency. These seem to be growing in number and in their ability to influence designs.
While everyone would probably agree that being more efficient and ecologically friendly is a good thing; the question that I'd like to address is "where is there a limit?"
Where is the line between making datacenters more efficient and restricting growth in a vibrant industry?
Also, what is the impact on other industries? Are we placing so much regulation on today's industries that we are restricting their growth?
In the end, consumers will pay for any regulation. As corporate costs are driven up to comply with the increased regulation, it seems only logical that their "products" will cost more. What impact will this have on business growth? Do we see a migration of business to locations without such regulations?
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