In 20 years,
the weight of a web page
has multiplied by 115…
After two decades of ‘gourmet evolution’,
it’s time to take the digital world out of this obesity race
and ensure that environmental concerns are at the heart
of UI/UX issues and technical developments.
TWh of electricity
Is the web’s worldwide footprint in 2018.
That is to say the equivalent of 40 to 50 nuclear power plants
and twice the French electricity consumption.
In 2018, the digital consumption represents
608 million tonnes of carbon equivalent,
and about 8.8 billion m3 of water.
Liters of water
Is the footprint for an internet user in a year.
What is digital responsibility?
The web’s ecological footprint has exploded
between 2008 and 2018. The weight per page has been multiplied by 20.
This means has much energy consumed by the user and hosting sites.
This is why, each actor must take one’s own responsibilities
and commit to significantly reduce the ecological
cost of websites and one’s digital consumption.
The design of a website greatly influences the display performances on the different devices. Choosing to select and use RGB colors that consume less will enable to save energy. It is the same for UX: a simplified UX will limit the number of clicks and offer a more fluid navigation. Also, choosing Fonts from a web library avoids increasing the websites ecological cost.
The use of media and related storage has a true impact on the digital footprint of websites. Using the right compression, adapted dimensions and new export formats for image, video and audio files enables to reduce their weight and thus optimize the loading time and the footprint on hosting servers.
Choose a server adapted to your needs in order to optimize its use and maximize how you use its storage capacity, rather than a server that uses more energy while its capacity is under-exploited. ‘Green’ hosting offers also enable to reduce the digital ecology footprint: they use renewable energy for their devices.