ISS to Host Global Digital Clean-up Week
On the eve of World Cleanup Day 2020, ISS is encouraging its 400,000+ employees to participate in the ‘Drive to 100 Environmental Campaign’ targeted at reducing energy used by hard drives and computer storge media.
Email, junk folders, obsolete archived digital files and old digital documents take up enormous amounts of disk space which, in turn, consumes vast amounts of energy and contributes to CO2 emissions.
Employees around the globe will be urged to clean up their emails, digital files and archives.
"The carbon footprint of computer technologies, the internet and the systems supporting them account for about 3.7 percent of global greenhouse emissions, according to some estimates. Anything we can do to help reduce carbon emissions no matter how small is worth doing. So, we have decided to urge our people to handle digital waste. We want to raise awareness around the globe that fighting climate change can be achieved through many initiatives such as cleaning up digital waste," says Joseph Nazareth, Head of Group CR.
According to the organisers of World Cleanup Day, international studies on the environmental impact of digital technologies show that the digital technology’s share of global CO2 emissions increased from 2.5 to 3.7 per cent from 2013 to 2018.
Every year ISS runs a Global Environmental week campaign to ad-dress the issues facing our planet. One of these actions is to engage employees to participate in plastic clean-up events. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it may not be safe for employees to engage in such events.