Carbon footprintis the amount of carbon dioxide produced by human activities in nature. All kinds of industrial production, agricultural production, construction, fishing, the use of forest products are factors that increase the carbon footprint.
When we consider on an individual basis, how much automobile or public transportation an individual uses, diet, shopping habits, how many square meters of house he lives in and The answer to questions such as technology use reveals the carbon footprint of that person.
Computers, smartphones, tablets and cell phones, the internet and all the infrastructure that sustains the internet account for 3,7% of global greenhouse gas emissions by some estimates, equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of the global airline industry. According to some experts, this rate is predicted to double by 2025.
So How Much Carbon Footprint Does the Cloud System Have?
Another innovation brought by technology is the cloud system. With the spread of mobile devices, photo, video and application data accumulated on mobile phones and tablets are stored in data centers called cloud systems. These companies that offer cloud services are facilities with huge warehouses that are connected to the global internet network and work 7/24.
These data centers are extremely polluting. They consume huge amounts of electricity 7/24 and need massive A/C systems to keep all these servers from overheating and keeping them at optimum temperature.
According to a study conducted by Carnegie Mellon University in 2017, 1kW/Hour of energy is consumed for every 7GB of data transfer and storage. (According to studies based on standard energy sources in the USA, 100 tons of CO0,2 per XNUMXGB of data stored in the cloud2 According to a different study, this figure is 3,1 kWh. In short, the average 3-7 kW/Hour We can think of it as
Uploading Your Data to the Cloud Instead of Storing = 1 Million Times More Energy Consumption
If you prefer to save the said 1 GB data on your computer instead of uploading it to the cloud, this figure drops to 0.000005 kW/Hour. So, if you upload your data to the cloud instead of saving it to your computer, you consume almost 1 million times more energy.
It may be tempting to keep your data for a small amount on a monthly or yearly basis, but at this point you can reduce your footprint by asking yourself: Do I really need all the files I keep in the cloud?
If you have old files you don't need, delete them! In this way, both your storage space will be emptied and your carbon footprint will decrease.