Waste-free lifestyle is on the rise in every aspect of life. People are becoming more environmentally conscious and make decisions based on their impact on the planet. Even though it’s not obvious at first, running a website might have a negative impact on the environment.
We’ve prepared an infographic about the impact of ICT infrastructure on the environment together with a few tips on how small changes to your website can reduce the e-waste. If there’s anything we can help you with regarding a more eco-friendly website, let us know in the comments below. Share your tips on how to reduce the e-waste produced by websites and let’s make the world a better place together.
Eco-friendly, waste-free websites?
Putting your product or service into the online world reduces waste.
But if you think about it… the web is real, too.
Internet could account for up to 5% of global energy.
ICT infrastructure consumes 50% more energy than global aviation.
The electricity usage of the Web is roughly equivalent to the output of 30 nuclear power plants (New York Times, 2011).
“Migration of all US office workers to the cloud could save up to 87 percent of information technology energy use – about 23 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, or enough to power the city of Los Angeles for a year.” – Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, 2013.
The influence of bad web development? Mobile sites grew 40% in size between 2015 and 2018. In the same time, desktop websites grew 10%.
“There is no Mobile Web. There is only The Web, which we view in different ways. There is also no Desktop Web. Or Tablet Web. Thank you.” – Stephen Hay on Twitter @stephenhay
Drawbacks of separate designs:
Design once for every device, including devices of the future. It’s cost-effective, easier to maintain, sustainable, future-proof, and causes no content duplication.
Other things to keep in mind:
Originally published Oct 18, 2018 9:04:39 AM, updated January 12 2022.