While the carbon footprint in sectors like telecommunication and energy sector are greatly analysed there is still work that needs to be done in analysing the carbon footprint left in the wake of the increasing number of websites and internet uses. With the increase in technology that is now in use to put together a website there is a rapid increase in the carbon footprint that has to be dealt with.
Where does such carbon footprint come from using the web?
Yes, an important question without a doubt. A lot of you will be wondering how a thing like internet can produce a carbon footprint. It is quite simple actually, the lines that transmit your internet gigabytes need energy. Now they consume huge amounts of energy and this consumption leads to massive amounts of carbon dioxide emission. Let’s not forget the data servers and the infrastructure required to hold servers and transmission lines.
So what is the dilemma?
The web pages produced nowadays are at least 5 times heavier and produce a 100 more HTTPS request than the original HTML website. But with the internet business becoming more competitive and lucrative such websites surely deserve to become obsolete. Newer scripts and better resolution pictures lead to higher loading times and greater energy usage. The best way to fight off this issue is to keep to a minimum budget, suppose a 2 second or 3 second loading time. This will help limit the scripts and images added used in the web site design.
How do we keep to the page budget then?
Modify your content: How about keeping the videos to the minimum or null and using pictures instead, it will reduce your page loading rate by at least a few seconds to be sure.
Reduce the interactive design: There are a lot of people out there who debate the importance and need of such interactive design to capture the audience’s attention. Third party advertisements, video that plays automatically and data sharing buttons should be removed from the page.
Reduce the number of images: Images take up the largest number of space this reduce the number of images you upload in order to keep to the page budget.
Data centres that run on green energy: You could always opt for data centres that run on renewable energy.
So keeping in mind the state of emergency that the web is in nowadays, isn’t it nice to move to an eco-friendly net usage phase?