Smart choices reduce the climate impact of your IT use
The effects of the climate crisis are here. Weather and climate extremes affect every region across the globe, with flooding, drought and damage to nature and people. We must act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all significant sources, including IT products.
Global warming is now 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels. To limit warming to 1.5 or even 2 degrees, emissions must be cut in half by 2030, compared with 2019. Instead, the levels of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere continue to rise. Emissions stem from a variety of sources, and IT products are no exception.
Computers, phones and other IT products are a source of greenhouse gases throughout their life cycle — from manufacturing to distribution, use and disposal. For most IT products, a majority of these emissions occur in the manufacturing phase. The manufacturing process is energy-intensive, and a majority of factories are powered by fossil fuels. Greenhouse gases are also emitted during transportation and use of the IT product, but in comparison to the manufacturing phase, the impacts are relatively small. Therefore, energy-saving features and switching to a more energy-efficient product have marginal effects. The most important thing is to use products longer.