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Did you know that …

…If Internet was a country, it would be the 3rd
electricity consumer on earth after China and USA.

If we want to limit the climate change to 1.5°C , 
several changes need to be done and several can be done at individual level !
 One of the aspect we can all have an impact is linked to Internet usage.


Do you know 
the share of Greenhouse Gas emissions coming
out from the Digital Technology?

Choose your answer!

Data traffic is responsible for more than half of digital technology’s global impact, 
with 55% of its annual energy consumption.

Every byte transferred or stored requires large scale and energy-greedy terminals and infrastructures 
(data centers, networks). This traffic is currently increasing by more than 25% a year, so it is neces­sary 
to characterize the uses related to it if we wish to manage the energy consumed by 
digital technologies intelligently.

Digital technologies now emit 4% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), that is to say more than civil aviation (2%)

This share could double from now to 2025 to reach 8% of all GHG emissions, i.e. the current share of car emissions. Reducing the threat of climate change requires drastically reducing global greenhouse gas emissions in the next few years; however, the energy consumption required for digital technologies is increasing by 9% a year.

Video flows represented 80% of global data flows in 2018 and 80% of the annual increase in their volume.
The remaining 20% is composed of websites, data, video games, etc.
In terms of uses, the overconsumption of digital technology is mainly comprised of videos. 

Driven by the deploy­ment of very high-resolution technologies such as “8K”, whose necessity is questionable, video absorbs a large share of network infrastructure costs, whereas lower resolution images would suffice for current uses.

Did you know that? 

10 hours of high definition video comprises more data than all the articles in English on Wikipedia in text format!

In 2018, online video viewing generated more than 300 MtCO2, i.e. as much greenhouse gas as Spain emits: 
1% of global emissions. 

The greenhouse gas emissions of VoD (video on demand) ser­vices
 are equivalent to those of a country like Chile (more than 100 MtCO2eq/year, i.e. close to 0.3% of global emissions), the country hosting the COP25 in 2019. 

Distribution of online data flows between different uses in 2018 in the world.
(Source: The Shift Project 2019 - as of (Sandrine 2018), (Cisco 2018) and (SimilarWeb 2019)


What can you do as Individual?

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What can you do as Individual?

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At the individual level:
being “digitally sober” in one’s online video consumption means using the lowest definition that can be used to benefit from contents, reducing one’s consumption, and being more selective about what one watches.

Reduce the number of functionality to minimum and do not choose the biggest screen because  it means 
that much more energy and resources were used to produce it.

Renew the battery instead of throw it away for the last generation phone.

Watch video by reducing the quality of the video.



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