The ICT industry has been growing rapidly globally and, so is the carbon footprint by it. You might be wondering how soft-tech results in carbon emissions. I’ll briefly write about how.
There are so many websites, online applications that are used every day. Those websites feed data to the users, from huge servers (data centers) located in different parts of the world. Those data centers need to stay on and consume a huge amount of energy as they process and feed data every moment.
Those data centers are run by electricity that is produced from various non-renewable sources (coal, nuclear energy, etc.).
There are very few data centers that are currently using clean energy in every process to leave the least possible carbon footprint (by using renewables such as hydropower electricity, solar energy, etc.)
The web servers or the host that are run by clean energy are known as the green web host. In this way, the harm to nature can be controlled to an impactful extent.
Even though the carbon footprint left by the ICT industry contributes only 4% of total carbon emissions, it still can’t be ignored because the emissions by the ICT is double the emissions by the aviation industry (2%).
Apple, Google, and Microsoft have pledged to go carbon neutral by 2030. It will take more effort than that to make the planet cleaner and greener. Let’s contribute in the way we can.
Take a step by hosting your websites on green hosts, or thank you already if you are planning to make the shift.