Some believe that the Internet is an environmentally friendly invention by helping organizations reduce the use of paper and save trees from perishing by relying on airwaves. But in a tip-off, the servers hosting all that data are generating massive amounts of emissions, leaving behind a giant carbon footprint.
Today, there are about 30 billion devices connected to the Internet in the world, according to The Conversation, including personal computers, smartphones, televisions, and tablets, in addition to countless devices that use the Internet in more precise ways, such as smart vehicles, smart home systems, and smartwatches. , which is called the Internet of Things.
These internet-connected technologies are already playing a major role in the transition to a cleaner energy future. For example, smart home meters that are being introduced in many countries, help to monitor and thus reduce home energy use.
But as we rely on the Internet to process, use and store more data, the energy it consumes is increasing, so scientists are looking at making the Internet more sustainable; To preserve the future of the planet.
Research estimates that by 2025, the IT industry could use 20% of all electricity produced and emit up to 5.5% of global carbon emissions, which is higher than the total emissions of most countries except for China, India, and the United States.
An increasing proportion of IT power consumption is coming from data centers; These are buildings used to store data and computers, which are always connected directly to the local electricity grid.