About equipments

The list of equipments will be completed over time as new reliable data becomes available.

The impact of generic equipment (Laptop other, Desktop other, etc.) is an average made from the aggregation of data from various equipments or directly from existing averages in the above mentioned sources.

The reduction of impact linked to the purchase of reconditioned equipments will soon be taken into account.

About the use of emails

This data is particularly sensitive because it is very difficult to have exact measurements of email energy consumption. Many life cycles should be observed to be sure of the measurement (e.g. an email with a 1.5 MB attachment sent to 3 recipients, 1 email without attachment sent to 10 recipients, an email with 2 attachments of 300KB sent to 1 recipient, etc.).

Thus the measure remains an approach to potential consumption but cannot take into account the complexity of situations in a certain way.

The source used is the ADEME Impact database, whose figures are presented here: https://librairie.ademe.fr/cadic/6555/guide-en-route-vers-sobriete-numerique.pdf (FR)

About video conferencing

Free and open data are still relatively unavailable. The calculator is based on the data published here:

Thus, the figure used remains an approach that will need to be refined over time.

About cloud storage

The footprint we can estimate regarding data manipulation in the cloud remains conditional on existing studies with disparate results.

We have chosen to use the figures of the Green Cloud Computing study (2021) based on the work of Umweltbundesamt (the German federal agency for the environment) which allows a rational approach to the subject, used as a reference by DINUM (209.5 g CO2 / GB / year).

Thus, it is a single indicator regardless of the cloud solution used.

About other tasks done online

The ADEME data allow us to estimate the energy cost of surfing the Internet. However, these figures do not take into account the diversity of digital services and therefore the exact consumption of each of these online tools. Moreover, the final calculation, relies on the matching with the average data of Internet browsing sessions. Sources:

The streaming hours are calculated from the average of these studies and try to take into account the latest data that have significantly reduced the environmental impact of streaming:

About the additional information

Additional information, such as your country of residence, requested as part of your responses is intended to refine the consolidated, anonymous figures but is in no way a means of collecting personal data on respondents.

Principle of continuous improvement

ISIT is committed to continuous improvement of the Sustainable IT calculator and to regularly updating the indicators based on public, free and open studies that improve the accuracy of the results provided.

ISIT welcomes your feedback and suggestions to improve the tool and correct, among other things, certain data that may be inaccurate or outdated following the publication of new studies. You can contact us at the following address myimpact [@] isit-europe.org to send us your comments and suggestions.