Remote workers are greener, but their technology still comes at a real carbon cost – TechCrunch

Remote workers are greener, but their technology still comes at a real carbon cost - TechCrunch

The massive shift to remote working due to COVID-19 has resulted in dramatic reductions in emissions from vehicles and other sources, but it has its own costs. New study highlights interim carbon costs on the connectivity and data infrastructure that make working from home possible – and gives you an excuse to leave the camera off.

Researchers, from Perdue, Yale and MIT, attempted to analyze the carbon, land and water costs of Internet infrastructure.

“In order to build a sustainable digital world, it is imperative to carefully assess the internet’s environmental footprint and identify the individual and collective actions that most affect its growth,” they write in the introduction to the Internet. article.

Using a single metric is too reductive, they argue: Carbon emissions are a useful metric, but it’s also important to track energy sources, the cost of water (derived from what is needed to cool and operating the data centers) and Cost “…

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