Reimagining the Arctic… As The World’s Data Center

Organized by the Fletcher School at Tufts University 7. September 2016

Saturday, October 8, 15:30-17:00

Location: Ríma B, Harpa First Level

The Fletcher School’s Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC) will lead a panel of an interdisciplinary set of actors: technologists and data center industry leaders, innovators, policymakers from the countries of the Arctic and beyond, and academics to explore in depth what needs to be true in order for the Arctic region to be turned into a custodian of the world’s data.

A large portion of data center capital expenditures and operating costs are devoted towards cooling infrastructure, in order to keep equipment operating efficiently. As of 2010, data centers globally accounted for 1.1% – 1.5% of global energy consumption. Nordic countries are leaders in leveraging their climates by situating data centers in naturally cooled locations, whether in abandoned mines such as Lefdal in Norway, or former military bunkers, such as Rockan in Sweden. Iceland’s Verne Global data center was named as a top sustainable solution at the recent Rio+20 by Sustainia, a Danish think tank consortium.

This panel will take an interdisciplinary perspective: business & economics, regulation, security and geo-politics, technology, environment, and global cooperation.


  • Frederik Vyncke, CEO, Rockan DataCenter, Sweden
  • Peter Kelly-Detwiler, Principal, Northbridge Energy Partners, USA
  • Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO, CCP Games, Iceland*
  • Doug Raymond, Global Head of Performance Advertising, Amazon, USA*


  • Caroline Troein, Technology and Innovation Researcher, Institute for Business in the Global Context (IBGC), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University