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Report on climate change and the Internet covered in The Guardian

Report on climate change and the Internet covered in The Guardian

21st February 2018

'Much work needed' to make digital economy environmentally sustainable.

As we move into the era of the Internet of Things it is time to take stock of the energy and carbon cost of being increasingly on-line. High energy bills, new efficient ICT technologies, and regulations have kept the proportion of electricity used by ICT products and services in check. However, there is a risk that with a growing dependence on connected devices and digital technologies, energy efficiency gains will stall and our carbon footprint from using the net may soar.  

The government needs to lead the way as it develops digital services to citizens which will themselves increase Internet use.  The government should also help consumers to understand better their energy footprint from being online, such as through stronger energy labelling systems which already exist for kitchen appliances. 

Read the full article in the Guardian.

Read our report here.