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Using the Software Carbon Intensity Specification to Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Software Systems


Room Qu4b

Tuesday, April 11th 2023
8:50 AM—10:00 AM EST

Green software is becoming increasingly important as concerns about climate change and environmental sustainability continue to grow. Software applications are now responsible for a significant portion of the world’s energy consumption, and the carbon emissions associated with their use are expected to increase as the world becomes more digitized. By adopting green software practices, organizations can reduce their carbon footprint, save money on energy costs, and promote sustainability.

In this talk, you’ll learn how to use The Green Software Foundation’s Software Carbon Intensity (SCI) Specification to calculate the rate of carbon emissions for a software system. This methodology helps users and developers make informed choices about which tools, approaches, architectures, and services they will use in the future.

Using the SCI and working with customers to assess the carbon in software and then using established patterns to reduce their overall carbon footprint has seen tremendous value. In one instance, a customer was able to reduce their carbon footprint in the application workload by 45% with just 2 patterns.

The Green Software Foundation is a non-profit formed under the Linux Foundation in support of being a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling, and best practices for creating and building green software. Our vision is to change the culture of building software across the tech industry, so sustainability becomes a core priority to software teams, just as important as performance, security, cost and accessibility.

Tammy McClellan
Sustainability Addict, Microsoft; Community Working Group Co-Chair, Green Software Foundation