How does your digital data footprint contribute to environmental impact?

  • 26 June 2023
  • 5pm - 6pm (networking until 6.30pm for those in person)
  • BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Ground Floor, 25 Copthall Avenue, London, EC2R 7BP

Join Professors Tom Jackson and Ian Hodgkinson for this hybrid event with the BCS Green IT specialist group.


The growth of digital data and the use of digital technologies are contributing to environmental pollution and climate change. The focus on physical decarbonization has overlooked the environmental impact of digitalization, including data generation and storage, leading to a significant contribution to global emissions.

The data industry is projected to produce more emissions than the automotive, aviation, and energy sectors combined. To address this issue, our team has designed the 'Data Carbon Ladder' tool to assess and reduce the CO2 footprint of data projects by optimizing dataset selection, update frequency, storage location, and analytics. This free tool can help businesses create a more sustainable and efficient solution.

This is part of the London Climate Action Week.

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