Interesting article with facts and data on the IT-industry’s sustainability impact, tools to develop greener code, and a company that offers hosting with air cooling only.
The least known consequence [of Digital Design], one of which we are gradually becoming aware, is the one least observed: the ecological impact of the digital world.
The problem with this impact is that it is invisible. When using a phone, we’re using a product that has been designed, manufactured, delivered, and sold: we have purchased (or rented) a material good which depletes certain resources little by little and consumes different energies in order to arrive into our hands. It is a visible product that prompts us to think about both the finite resources extracted from the planet for the product’s design and also those resources which we continue to exhaust to supply ourselves with the electricity essential to its operation.
Where the web is concerned, it is much more complicated. We don’t think of using an application as polluting, since its use is immaterial.
In summary the article describes that “There are some solutions”:
- Extending the lifetime of our devices
- Improving digital design
Then it presents: Software eco-design and offers a number of best-practices to adhere to.