How is our Internet usage impacting the environment?
It’s likely that you’ve already been online today, messaged your friends in a group chat or two, browsed the internet for something and perhaps checked your emails a few times. Our digital habits have become second nature to us. We check our phones, social media and work platforms throughout the day and may even turn to streaming films and music in the evening.
We aren’t all aware of our impact yet, but each of these online activities comes with a small cost – a few grams of carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere each time you use it. These small amounts of greenhouse gasses can quickly add up, when you consider it on a daily, global scale.
Less obvious to the average digital browser, are the data centres which support the Internet. These are a much bigger contributor to the CO2 problem. These large-scale centres hold millions of large servers and they are powered up all day every day. They run constantly, to allow us to access information on the internet and because of this they consume large amounts of energy to ensure they don’t overheat and fail.
Unbelievably, 40% of all of the energy used to power the internet is used to keep those servers from overheating. They have large fans, blasting them with cool air. These data centres all pull energy from whatever power grid they rely on, and sadly, most of this energy is currently produced by carbon polluting sources.
This has been a worsening issue for many years, in 2012 there were 500,000 data centres worldwide. The internet has continued to expand and today there are a whopping 8 million data centres worldwide. It doesn’t stop there, the data centre pollution is expected to grow to 14% of the world’s carbon emissions, by 2040.
The digital environment is going green
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