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Google’s Singapore investment passes £3.9bn

Written by Tue 4 Jun 2024

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Google’s total investment in Singapore has passed £3.9 billion ($5 billion) with its most recent data centre expansion, according to a LinkedIn post.

Giorgio Fortunato, Head of Clean Energy & Power, Asia-Pacific for the tech giant, described the investment in terms of the intended impact of this investment on Singapore’s economy and environment.

For example, the post stated ‘Google’s investment will contribute to Singapore’s economic growth, with businesses potentially gaining £115.3 billion ($147.6 billion) in benefits through artificial intelligence (AI) adoption’.

These economic benefits are not directly tied to Google or its data centre and cloud region in Singapore; they are potential gains that will be enabled by Google’s infrastructure investment.

Google’s investment in the area is not limited to infrastructure builds, the company is also active in supporting local sustainability initiatives. These include working with the SG Eco Fund to implement local sustainability initiatives, like the Bukit Batok Eco Pond. The pond was created ‘to harvest rainwater and reduce reliance on potable water supply’, according to the post.

Fortunato also noted Google was recognised by the Public Utilities Board of Singapore, winning an award in the Water Efficiency – Data Centre category in 2024. Microsoft was recognised for water efficiency as well, winning a companion award for efficient water usage in their cloud data centres in Singapore. Amazon Web Services was recognised with a Watermark Award in recognition of its commitment to improving usage and reducing water waste across operations.

The investment was put over the £3.9 billion ($5 billion) mark when the company completed the expansion of its fourth data centre in Singapore. The end of the expansion project coincides with the Singapore government’s announcement that they are increasing the power available to data centres in the country.

A part of the Green Data Centre Roadmap, an additional 300MW will be available to data centre owners/operators in Singapore in the short term, with additional capacity available to companies that use renewable energy to power their data centres.

The Green Data Centre Technology Roadmap outlines two approaches to improving data centre sustainability: through using green energy, and through improving efficiency and PUE.

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Written by Tue 4 Jun 2024

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