According to an article in today’s Telegraph, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer, used for climate change research, is also one of the biggest polluters in the country. It requires enough energy to power a small [English] town and produces an estimated 12,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year. Spokespeople for the Met Office indicate the necessity of such a machine in order to predict weather and environmental change.
We recognize that it is big but it is also necessary. We couldn’t do what we do without it,” [Barry Grommett] said.
“We would be throwing ourselves back into the dark ages of weather forecasting if we withdrew our reliance on supercomputing, it’s as simple as that.”
The Met Office came in at number 103 of a list of 28,259 public buildings which are responsible for the highest carbon footprint in the UK. The list was topped out by Manchester University’s Oxford Road campus. For more info, read the full article here.
UPDATE: Andrew Jones sent us over a quick update to this article. The building on Manchester University’s Oxford Road campus that is listed as the least green building houses a 10,000 sqft data center facility. This data center housed the CSAR national academic computing machines.