The internet would be the sixth-largest country in terms of energy consumption
The following comparison is often made in order to understand how high the energy consumption of the internet actually is: if the internet was a country, it would be the country with the sixthhighest energy consumption.
Despite the many advantages of the internet, the immense electricity required and the resulting level of CO2 emissions must not be ignored. But what can we do to make the internet greener and more sustainable? What can we do as users, but especially as a company whose daily business revolves around digital products, to design this world to be more sustainable?
As users, there is a limit to what we can do but we can do something! For example, we can try to spend our time online efficiently and constantly remind ourselves what we are doing and why we are on a particular website, as with every click energy is consumed.
Alternatively, we can use sustainable internet services, such as the search engine Ecosia which uses the income generated from searches to plant trees. There are
also tools and browser addons which show what kind of energy is used to power our (favorite) websites and based on that, we might want to find an alternative.
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