Live talk show with journalist & entrepreneur Yrja Oftedahl.
The Big Debate: Building a support base for sustainable data center growth in Finland
✅ The Netherlands is one of the top data center markets in Europe, but lack of a central strategy put local municipalities in charge of decisions that could seriously impact the entire country. This led to messy procedures, lawsuits, resulting in a series of critical newspaper articles.
The avalanche of bad news more or less forced the Dutch government to impose a nine-month moratorium on the building of new (internatational) hyperscale data centres, while new planning regulations are worked out. We see this in multiple countries over Europe and with this end-of-day panel - live from Helsinki - we will ask how Finland can avoid the Dutch dilemma. Because if it shows one thing it's that a scenario for sustainable data center growth can only succeed if it has the support of Finnish society, backed by the active involvement of the government.
🔹 Antti Laine, boardmember Finnish Datacenter Forum & project manager Fimpec
🔹 Stefan Lindström, Ambassador Digitalization and new technologies, Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
🔹 Antti Kaikkonen, Industrial Electrification Fortum