A brief introduction to the topic, and why it is relevant also for the IT industry.
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By Ane Mengshoel
December 10, 2022
Did you know that your digital work impacts climate change? And that you are in the position to reduce the environmental footprint by thinking sustainability at work?
"Sustainability consists of fulfilling the needs of current generations without compromising the needs of future generations, while ensuring a balance between economic growth, environmental care and social well-being."
Source: Santander Scholarships
The use of digital technologies affects the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
"The Sustainable Development Goals or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a "shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future."
Read more about the goals at United Nations website.
Below you'll find a few things we in the IT industry can do to meet the sustainability goals.
All data in the clouds are stored in data center storages. These use a large amount of energy. Less data stored means less energy used for storage.
Why not arrange a digital cleaning day at work?
Cleaner and more efficient code means less processing, and your computer algorithms will consume less energy. In general you should set up an architecture using only the resources needed. The code also becomes more sustainable to maintain.
Read more about how to build sustainability into your software architecture and how to write green code.
Of course you still need to store a certain amount of data, but you can make sure that the data center is run by renewable energy.
For the growth in data traffic to be sustainable, they need renewable energy.
This can be everything from reducing the size of photos on a website and to choose a default font, to give the user the possibility to choose dark mode in order to improve battery life and reduce carbon emissions.
Through our work, we can help our clients to better understand their data and how these can be interpreted. This can improve the quality of the foundation that decisions are based on, also those affecting the climate. Data can for instance be used to detect inefficiencies in production and further contribute to optimalization in production, reducing the amount of possible waste.
If you want to read more about the topic, here's a Sustainability Guide For Software Companies.