Carbon emissions are a growing problem. In the past, carbon emissions were largely unknown because they were not measured at all. However, there has been an increase in the emission measurement of greenhouse gases since 1980. Specifically, this video sheds light on how organizations can measure and minimize carbon emissions from IT operations.
The IT carbon footprint is the total amount of energy used by an IT infrastructure. This emission measurement is done in kilowatt-hours (kWh) and calculated by taking the total number of servers, desktops, and laptops, and multiplying it by their energy usage. The average person generates approximately 2 tons of CO2 emissions each year due to their lifestyle choices – this includes driving cars or taking public transportation instead of flying home from work every day.
Cloud computing, however, can help in the reduction of carbon emissions. In the cloud, data centers are no longer owned by one company or organization; instead, they’re shared across multiple parties. This means that when you use your credit card to buy something online, for example, it’s stored in the cloud and accessed by other people on demand—whether they’re at home or abroad. That helps companies keep costs down while also reducing their carbon footprint because fewer servers need to be purchased and maintained on-site.
The use of IT has a significant impact on the environment, but there are many ways to reduce this impact. The most important thing is to track resource consumption and begin reducing it by taking steps such as turning off unused services or setting up virtual machines with lower priority settings for CPU and memory usage.