The municipalities of Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer have temporarily stopped building data centers in the region until "new policies can be developed".
In data centers there are servers on which large amounts of internet data are stored. These servers use a lot of energy and take up a lot of space, the municipality of Amsterdam writes in a press release. The municipality therefore wants to get a grip on the growth of data centers in the city.
"At present, municipalities have hardly any instruments at their disposal to steer where the data centers are, or what requirements they must meet," the municipality continues. The majority of applications for new data centers in the Netherlands would take place in Amsterdam and Haarlemmermeer.
The municipalities now want to develop a new policy to curb the growth of data centers. The intention is that new data centers "occupy as little space as possible on the space and (architecturally) be properly integrated into the environment." That new policy must be ready by the end of this year.
The municipalities do not want to restrict the construction of data centers completely. For example, the residual heat produced by the servers would be useful in making the heating of homes more sustainable.