The invisible impact of the internet
All the movies you stream, the important documents that you need access to from anywhere, your emails, all of the information that you’ve uploaded — it may take up little or no space on your devices, but all of that data is not just floating around in space.
These data is saved and processed in data centers, massive buildings occupied by nothing but row after row of computer servers that are running nonstop to make sure that when you need to retrieve a photo stored in the cloud, you’ll be able to have access to it right away. Data centers are responsible for between 1-1.5% of global electricity usage and most of it comes from non-renewable sources.
While the main focus is on limiting emissions from the automotive, aviation and energy sectors, it’s the communications industry that is on track to generate more carbon emissions than all of the aforementioned sectors.