Have you ever stopped to think about the amount of energy the Internet consumes? One might wonder does it give off any waste products? The answer is yes. Therefore, many environmentalists have become concerned. Due to sending emails, conducting searches and cloud storage, just to name a few things about the Internet, it now has a carbon footprint created by CO2 emissions.
An estimated, 2.5 billion people around the world connect to the Internet using an enormous amount of energy.
Surprisingly the Internet’s energy and carbon footprints are estimated to exceed those of air travel. The Internet consumes an enormous amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) thus emitting energy which falls into two categories. First of all “manufacturing and shipping” as tech companies must manufacture and ship the hardware that makes up the Internet’s body, so to speak. Secondly, “power and cooling” take place. As computers and smartphones must be powered and cooled, drawing electricity from the local grids.
Check out the infographic below to learn more about the carbon footprint of the Internet.