A digital carbon footprint is the CO2 produced during the production, use and data exchange between digital devices. When CO2 is produced by the Internet, the problem lies first of all with the production. Followed by the huge data centers that exist. The constantly running systems cause enormous amounts of CO2. Our devices also have to keep working. That's why we put them on the charger every time. Of course, charging these devices every time also consumes CO2.
You probably never think about it. But there is such a thing as a digital carbon footprint. A digital carbon footprint is the CO2 that is being produced as you surf the internet. Think for example of emails you send, videos you watch and websites you visit. As you may have guessed, this digital path also has an impact on our world.
Research has shown that 19 percent of Americans listen to sleep music. About 329.5 million people currently live in the United States. This is about 62,605,000 Americans. Watching a 30-minute video on YouTube consumes about 1.6 kilos of CO2. This is comparable to a 6.4 km drive with an average petrol car. Assuming that one video will run for 3 hours. Per American, this will already be 9.6 kilos per night. Do this 9.6 times 62,605,000 and you arrive at 601,008,000 kilos of CO2 in one night.
There are several things you can do as a company to reduce your digital carbon footprint. Here are 5 tips to lower the digital carbon footprint of your company.
Greenzeen is a sustainable online publication tool where all your magazines, brochures, annual reports etc. can be created online and read by your target group. Because Greenzeen already takes care of the reduction of printed paper, it is already sustainable in this respect. Still, the use of websites is not entirely sustainable. By measuring all data traffic, Greenzeen will compensate this CO2 consumption by planting trees in our own food forest. Are you curious about this new tool? Take a look at the Greenzeen website!