I would like to claim that all websites, IT systems and applications can be considered “dirty” if sustainability has not been taken into consideration when building and running it.
Today, the climate impact from the data center industry accounts for 1-2% of global CO2 emissions, which is equivalent to the aviation industry.
By the year 2030, it’s estimated that the software industry will consume up to 13% of the world’s electricity and emit up to 8% of the world’s emissions. That means the software industry will surpass the heavy-duty vehicle industry in terms of emissions.
For most of us, it’s pretty clear that a truck or a bus is emitting a lot of CO2, but it’s quite eye-opening that our industry is becoming one of the main players when it comes to emissions globally.
But being part of the problem also means that we can be part of the solution by decreasing the emissions from our industry. According to Elsa Westin, the real superheroes in this story are without a doubt the software developers who have the mandate and skill to build and run more environmentally efficient IT systems.
Watch the full presentation with her examples and concrete suggestions to help you get started.