Green Elephant Show
Green Elephant Show
003 Green Websites - Can a website ever be green?


Nearly everyone has their own or uses a website. But are these green websites? In this episode we delve into the world of internet and websites, discuss a little of what makes the internet function (and consume so much energy) before finally diving into individual websites.

Sit back, listen and learn with us and don’t forget to let us know if you have any facts you think we should discuss.

Take away actions

    • Switch to a green web host
      • Do they talk about sustainability, renewable energy, offsetting?
    • Make your site more efficient
      • Optimise and reduce images/videos – could you use text instead?
      • Use standard fonts – don’t download additional
      • Nice clean code – remove features and functions you don’t need
      • Use AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) – strips out unnecessary content
      • Use caching so users don’t need to download everything every time
    • Be clear and transparent with internal and external users about the impact


02:00 – Why the internet uses so much energy – even though you can’t see it
08:50 – Impact of email, messaging and streaming
13:20 – What impact does your content have?
17:20 – Suggested actions to improve the impact of your website

Email Carbon

0.3g CO2e: A spam email
4g CO2e: A proper email
50g CO2e: An email with long attachment

Fact Bucket

Useful Info

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Special thanks as always to Harriet Teagle for her Green Elephant artwork.