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Schneider Electric – Around the world, awareness of sustainability is growing by leaps and bounds. Enterprises and individuals realise that more can be done for a greener future and that the sector must unite and work together to address the energy dilemma. And given the central role of our digital economy today, the onus is on the data centre industry to lead by example. Setting an example The data centre industry has come a long way over the last decade. Pankaj Sharma of Schneider Electric observed that data centres operated at a highly inefficient PUE of 1.8 just a decade ago. Since then, innovations around data centre design, cooling, and data centre management had culminated in an 80 per cent reduction in energy inefficiency - giving data centres a PUE of just 1.17. Further improvements are on the horizon, with innovations such as data centre liquid cooling and better grid interactions between the data centre and the power grid.