Did you know that the Internet is one of the biggest polluters on the planet? Behind our screens, we share files, we send emails and we type many queries a day on search engines. But all this has a huge ecological impact. A company of 100 people generates each year, with its electronic mail, 13.6 tons of CO2, the equivalent of 14 round trips Paris – New York according to ADEME. What if we all participates in reducing the ecological impact of the internet with 11 simple everyday practices?
Here Are Our 11 Tips To Associate Internet And Ecology At The Office:
1- Use a USB key to transfer files between colleagues
We consume 2 to 4 times more energy by soliciting external servers, let’s keep our USB keys nearby.
2-Set up the fast shutdown of your computer to reduce the environmental bill
Indeed, the fast shutdown of our computers allows to put your computer in a low state of consumption! An extra gesture for the planet!
3-Turn off the computers at night and on weekends
15% of the central computer units and 4% of the screens remain continuously on, why are we using energy for nothing?
4-Check that all recipients are required before sending an email
More than 12 billion emails are sent every hour in the world, emitting a total of 50 Gigawatt per hour, or the production of 18 nuclear power plants for one hour.
5-Optimize the weight of attachments and compress your files!
The biggest the amount of information contained in a file, the worse the sending of a file consumes and has an impact on the environment. 1 attachment of 1 MB releases 19 grams of CO2, this is the consumption of a lightbulb for 1 hour. Let’s compress our files, with Iskysoft for example !
6-Use instant messenger services
Slack is not just a trendy startup! Sending 6 mails a day consumes as much CO2 as one km by car. Let’s avoid putting the entire company in the loop when we are sending an email, our productivity will thank us!
7-Choose sobriety and simplicity to reduce the time of reading on the screen
Why are we choosing complicated when we can choose simple? Time is our most precious resource, save it.
8-Careful to the storage of emails!
A mailbox too large is a more important and unnecessary storage on a server! A data center consumes as much electricity as 30,000 European inhabitants. Let’s use tools like Cleanfox to clean our mailboxes, plant trees and fight against internet pollution.
9-Use the URL of a site or the bar of favorites during your Web searches
A Google search requires as much CO2 as boiling water with an electric kettle and using the favorites bar divides by 4 greenhouse emissions.
10-Use specific keywords during a web search to reduce the number of queries.
Every hour in the world, more than 140 million requests are made on Google and according to Mr. Wissner-Gross, researcher at Harvard, each Google query emits 7 grams of CO2. Fewer requests means less CO2.
11-Use an ecological search engine
A good ecological tip to make a gesture for the environment! You can use an associative search engine made in France ( Ecogine ), pay a sum to projects committed to the human and the planet ( Lilo ) or plant trees with each new request made ( Ecosia )!
Reducing our ecological impact on a daily basis? Finally, it is not so complicated. Adopt these 11 tips at your office, the planet will thank you.
Ademe (French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management): http://www.ademe.fr/
Internet: The hidden pollution. France 5
Energy supplier: http://bit.ly/2CX2E6c
You can also read our article: 10 Scary Facts On The Carbon Footprint Of The Internet