Sustainable Web Design Melbourne
Internet usage equates to roughly 2% of global carbon emissions, or 1.6 billion tons of CO2 each year. Sustainable web design minimises the environmental impact of a website by reducing the amount of data stored, transferred, and rendered in order to deliver a website to the end user.
What is Sustainable Web Design?
Sustainable web design prioritises environmental impact to minimise the amount of CO2 emitted each time someone loads a webpage, and therefore the amount of energy consumed. Sustainable web design takes a user-first approach, doubling down on mission and purpose to remove unnecessary distractions for your end user. The by-product of sustainable web design is website performance, due to a concerted effort to reduce the amount of data stored, transferred, and rendered each time someone views your website.
How does my website produce carbon emissions?
When someone visits your website, they are essentially downloading a copy of the site to their device in order to read the content. This involves data stored on a web server, network infrastructure to transmit the data, and your device receiving and rendering that data for you to view. Each step in this process consumes energy and therefore produces CO2. If the average website produces 2g of CO2 for each page load, and you receive 100k page views each month, that’s 2.4tons of CO2 emitted each year.
How sustainable is your website?
Estimate your web page carbon footprint:
This website was last tested on the 24th of August, 2023. .
This sustainability rating and emissions have been calculated using the Sustainable Web Design model, taking into account the data transfer size of the site, and whether or not the hosting uses renewable energy.
(1) Percentile calculated using the HTTP Archive transfer size for the month of June 2023.
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Joining the cause to champion a better web
Beleaf is proud to join a global effort to promote sustainable practices in web design and development championed by organisations including Wholegrain Digital, Mightybytes, and The Green Web Foundation. Positive change can only be achieved by collaboration, and we are proud to join the cause.
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