Oct 12, 2018

Climate change: Is your Netflix habit bad for the environment?

Mr Andrae says data centres being built across the world need to be fed by renewable energy to minimise these emissions. The European Commission-funded Eureca project found that data centres in EU countries consumed 25% more energy in 2017 compared with 2014. Every time you sit down to watch or listen to something online, the amount of energy consumed might change. A mobile using wi-fi consumes less energy than one connected to 3G or 4G. Even if you're not using your device, by having home wi-fi active, you're still consuming energy, says Prof Preist. "More attention needs to be paid to the smaller data centre facilities that are off the radar, this is where the next big opportunity to save energy is, the big players are not that bad in comparison," he says.

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