Odense is the first city in the world to benefit from the Meta* heat sharing initiative, but it is not alone. Tech giants like Amazon and Microsoft are getting in on the game, using excess heat from their data centers to heat universities and even entire neighborhoods. It’s a win-win situation: Big Tech fulfills its climate commitments, governments reap the societal benefits, and locals enjoy “cheap heat.”

However, not everyone agrees with this idea. Critics argue that despite creative approaches to harnessing excess heat, the growing number of data centers could strain the green transition because they require more energy directly from renewable sources.

But for now, your social media scrolling may be contributing to a cozy evening at someone’s home.

*Belongs to Meta, who is recognized as an extremist and banned in the Russian Federation

Source: Ferra

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