With the problems of global warming and loss of biodiversity that we have encountered for several years now, more and more companies and individuals are mobilizing to reduce their environmental impacts and encourage eco-responsible initiatives …
We don’t necessarily realize it, but the use that we have of all digital tools (Internet, new technologies …) unfortunately has harmful effects on the planet. So how can we minimize this impact as much as possible? What alternatives exist?
10% to 15% of the world’s electricity. This is what digital is consuming today and the trend is increasing every year. This is the energy we use for power our data centers, store our data, manufacture our smartphones…
If the Internet were a country, it would be behind China and the United States. 3rd largest consumer of electricity in the world.
But it’s not the only number to make you dizzy:
- Over 10 billion emails are exchanged worldwide every hour;
- The life cycle of an email emits around 19g of CO2, the equivalent of a bulb remaining on for 1 hour;
- More than 140 million Google queries are made every hour worldwide, the equivalent of 1000 Paris-New York round trips in terms of CO2 issued ;
- A data center consumes on average as much as a city of 50,000 inhabitants and between 40 and 55% of the energy it uses is intended to cool it.
In an all-digital era and without backtracking, it’s time to think about another way to use digital tools to preserve the environment. But then, how do you do it?
What solutions for a more environmentally friendly use of digital?
Trust companies that are concerned about their impact on the environment and that offset their greenhouse gas emissions
Do you have a website or need to create one for your business? Turn to a eco-responsible web provider who advocatesweb ecodesign, the use ofgreen hosts like Infomaniak for example or who offset their carbon emissions by investing in projects for the environment.
Change your browsing habits on the web
A Google search consuming almost 7g of CO2, you can limit the number of searches that you perform in formulating precisely your requests.
You can also use search engines like Ecosia or Lilo who plant trees or participate financially in social and environmental projects thanks to your research.
Store data differently
Try to store as much data as possible locally (e.g. external hard drive) or, if not online, at a service provider Cloud that offsets its emissions of CO2.
Regarding your emails:
- Limit the sending of emails and the size of attachments by compressing them to the maximum;
- Do a cleaning regularly from your boxes: 1 email stored for 1 year generates 10g of CO2 ;
- Unsubscribe newsletters that you no longer read.
Use equipment responsibly
Turn off your devices when you’re not using them and set them to power saving mode.
Even if it is difficult to rethink our current modes of operation and consumption vis-à-vis digital tools, it is necessary to do it and each of us, on his scale, can act to preserve our planet.
Sources: ADEME, England 5, Clicking Clean