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Hemp Carbon Credits: The Solution to AI's Growing Data Centre Demands
Innovative carbon credits derived from hemp could offset the impact of AI's ever-increasing need for data centres
By: Tao Climate
As the world becomes increasingly dependent on artificial intelligence, the energy demands of data centres continue to rise. Data centre electricity use in Ireland has more than tripled since 2015, accounting for 14% of total electricity consumption in 2021. In Denmark, data centre energy use is projected to triple by 2025 to account for around 7% of the country's electricity use (Source: International Energy Agency, https://www.iea.org/
This is where hemp carbon credits come in. Hemp is a fast-growing crop that absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during its growth cycle. When hemp is harvested, processed, and turned into a carbon credit, it can be sold to companies that need to offset their carbon emissions. In the case of the AI industry, hemp carbon credits can help offset the energy consumption of data centres until all data centres are powered by 100% renewable electricity.
"Our goal is to create a more sustainable AI industry, and hemp carbon credits are a critical step in that direction," said Tao Climate's CEO, Gary Byrnes. "We believe that by supporting the growth of the hemp farming industry and promoting sustainable practices, we can make a positive impact on both the environment and the economy. Tao Climate is committed to promoting sustainability in the AI industry and the broader tech sector. By introducing hemp carbon credits, we are proud to be at the forefront of a new era of sustainability in technology. Our future vision for data centres is to use hempcrete in their construction and to grow hemp around them. This approach enables the ongoing capture and sequestration of atmospheric CO2, while the hempcrete itself continues to capture CO2, through the process of carbonation, for the entire life of the DC. This enables carbon neutral DC operation, with a lasting, positive legacy."
The growth of AI is expected to drive new data centre construction due to the vast amount of data required to train and operate AI algorithms. As AI systems become more complex and sophisticated, they require increasing amounts of data to operate effectively. This data needs to be stored and processed in data centres.
For more information on hemp carbon credits and Tao Climate's commitment to sustainability, please visit our website www.taoclimate.com or contact us directly.
Gary Byrnes, Tao Climate Ltd.