“Please consider the environment before printing this email”. While we are all familiar with this line to use less paper in an attempt to save trees, do we ever consider the environment before sending that email or taking that extra picture or downloading that movie? We often tend to forget the amount of energy consumed by using digital technology, like sending emails, downloading your bills, uploading pictures on social media, etc. Your computers and smartphones, the networks they are connected to, the datacenters, and the receiver’s devices, they all consume energy and more.
Did you know an average online search generates about 7 grams of carbon dioxide? And that the global IT industry represents about 2% of all global carbon emissions? As our use of the internet and digital technology grows, the invisible impact of datacenters, providers and technology grows as well. Some technology providers are switching to renewable energy sources to decrease that footprint and energy efficiency is definitely increasing. Will that be enough?
Some questions we would be looking to answer through this forum are:
- How big is the impact of digital really and what are key concerns?
- How can I decrease my digital impact?
- What are companies doing to decrease the impact of digital? And what are some key examples?
- What educational resources are available to educate myself and my surrounding on this topic?
- What are some innovative green and sustainable services in this sector?
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