If the internet was a country, it would be the 4th largest polluter on the planet. A single website visit emits an average of 1.76g of CO2 due to the intense processing power required to load and deliver a page. With over 1.13 billion websites competing for attention and web pages full of data, it’s no wonder that the internet guzzles energy!

What is a website carbon footprint?

Sending and receiving data requires processing power, which uses electricity and produces heat. Sadly, most of the electricity used to power the internet comes from fossil fuels, not renewables.

As data is transmitted between one of those 1.13 billion websites and a user’s device, it requires energy to travel throughout the internet, and an average web page is over 2MB. That’s a ton of data! If you add a sluggish website to the equation, it adds to energy waste by increasing electronic waste, and straining the servers.

A website’s carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon emissions generated by these operations, including server energy consumption, data transfer, and user device energy consumption. By reducing a website’s carbon footprint, website owners can contribute to a more sustainable web.

A website typically produces 1.76g of CO2 per visit on avg. just from the processing power needed to load and deliver the page.

This site produces less CO2 than 50% of the URLs tested. This site emits 1.18g of CO2 emissions per visit.

This site uses sustainable energy and green hosting

Green hosting is web hosting that uses renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power to power their servers, which reduces their carbon footprint. Some green hosting companies also engage in sustainable practices such as recycling and reducing waste.

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What is a sustainable website?

This site is a sustainable site. A sustainable website is one that is designed and developed with the environment in mind, minimizing its impact on natural resources and reducing its carbon footprint. This includes using renewable energy sources and optimizing website performance like page speed.

This site takes 2.7 seconds to load.

Why is speed important for sustainability?

A slow loading website consumes more energy and produces more emissions. Every time a visitor comes to a site, it puts a physical strain on the server and increases e-waste. Website speed is important for sustainability because faster loading websites consume less energy and produce fewer emissions. By optimizing website performance, website owners reduce their website’s carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable web.