A Sustainable Internet: What’s Missing Ahead?

A Sustainable Internet: What’s Missing Ahead?

The planet is experiencing unprecedented climate change.  There is a saying that, if the Internet was a country, it would be the 7th largest polluter in the world and is expected to grow considerably by 2030.

According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2021 tracking report, Internet Data centers account for about 1% of global electricity use.  However, energy use by data centers has remained steady since 2010, even though Internet traffic has taken an exponential climb.  The IEA attributes it to the continual improvements in energy efficiency of the data center technologies. But the organization also warns that global internet traffic continues to grow. Internet traffic doubled from 2017 to 2020, and it could double again by 2023, the report states.  

The Internet consumes large amounts of electricity and water in data centers, telecoms networks, and end user devices.   The Internet also allows many people to work remotely, and companies may provide their services online.  In other words, the Internet is both the problem and the solution.  Mitigating Internet’s impact on the environment, as well as enabling the Internet to support the more broadly defined sustainable development goals becomes an urgent issue.

So, what’s needed in the quest for a more sustainable Internet?

This session brings experts and various players of the Internet ecosystem, such as network operators, service providers, etc. to share their experiences on tackling environmental impact, and further discuss the roles of Internet stakeholders for the future Internet sustainable development.

 

Time: 2022/10/05 02:00-04:00PM

Venue: IEAT International Conference Center Meeting 8F Room 2 (No. 350, Songjiang Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City)

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