Cryptocurrency mining setup

The intangibility of the Internet brings forth the challenge of connecting the mobilization and transformation of intangible resources, with tangible environmental impacts.[1]

Areas of impact[edit | edit source]

Electronics[edit | edit source]

  • Resource extraction: the production of devices requires the Some examples are lithium, cobalt,[2] and rare earth minerals.
  • Production of devices:
  • Electronics disposal:
  • Datacenters operation: great amounts of water are used for cooling servers, depleting in many cases resources from local communities.[3]

Land use[edit | edit source]

  • Location of data centers in colder regions and near superficial or underground water bodies.

Energy[edit | edit source]

There is a difficulty in the creation of models for measuring the environmental impact of ICTs.

  • Lack of comparable data.
  • Lack of measurements or even secrecy regarding the tangible impacts of physical data centers in terms of energy usage, and resource extractions.
  • There is no roadmap to more sustainable practices.

Initiatives[edit | edit source]

  • Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI)<ref name="cambridge">Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. (n.d.). Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index (CBECI). Retrieved April 8, 2022, from<ref>== Actions ==

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Rousillhe, Gauthier (2021). Towards a Fossil-Free Internet: The Fog of Enactment. Priority areas for research in digital sustainability. The Green Web Foundation.
  2. A Power Struggle Over Cobalt Rattles the Clean Energy Revolution—The New York Times. (n.d.). Retrieved April 6, 2022, from
  3. Terraformación, I. L. de. (2022, March 22). Rethinking the status of water in digital technologies. Instituto Latinoamericano de Terraformación.
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Keywords carbon footprint, internet, ict, climate change, consumer behaviour, energy efficiency, ecological footprint, information technology
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Created April 6, 2022 by Emilio Velis
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