• According to IT research nonprofit organization CANARIE Inc., the Internet is the fastest growing source of CO2 emissions worldwide.
  • The information on the Internet is stored in massive data centres that house hundreds of servers, which run 24 hours a day and require enormous amounts of energy.
  • According to one study, the carbon footprint of the computers that run the Internet will be larger than that of the airline industry by 2020.
  • Google is developing zero-carbon data centres that would be located on barges 11 kilometres offshore. These water-based data centres would be powered and cooled entirely by captured wave energy.
  • Emissions produced as a result of the Internet doubled between 2002 and 2006. In 2005, 1 percent of the world’s electricity was attributed to data centres.