The dawn of eco-friendly systems development

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In December 2023, delegates from almost 200 countries met in Dubai for the UN’s climate-change conference, COP28, to discuss the pressing need to reduce emissions, as reported by IEEE in this article.

According to the website sustainability scoring tool Ecograder, and as the authors are quick to point out, the COP28 website produces 3.69 grams of CO2 per page load. Those webpage hits add up. If the site gets 10,000 monthly views for a year, its emissions would be slightly more than a one-way flight from San Francisco to Toronto.

Here’s something else (this is a geek’s version of the bad news): Electric vehicles (EVs) are dirtier to build but eventually cleaner to drive. Someone who owns a costly electric car produces more carbon for the first 30,000 to 60,000 miles because of the carbon footprint for construction. Remember, coal-burning power plants still power most EV chargers. So, that’s a bummer.

How green is software?

Although software itself does not release emissions, it runs on data center hardware that does. Information and communications technology, also using software in data centers, is responsible for an estimated 2% to 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The article also points out that by 2040, that number could reach 14%. This is

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