Is wireless internet greener?

Many of us use the internet countless times a day without a second thought to its impact on the environment. Because it’s not a solid entity we forget that it still affects energy consumption and CO2 levels. But which internet type is better for the environment?

How clean is cable?

With no copper cabling, fibre is one of the better ways to use the internet. Copper has been mined, which has hugely negative impacts on the world. Not only is the mining detrimental to plants and wildlife, the Sulphur dioxide that’s released during the process is also highly toxic to us. If we chose fibre rather than cables, we reduce the need for harmful mining.

Is fibre optic ecco friendly?

Fibre optic internet also doesn’t need insulating which reduces the need for other materials that can add to the cost. Plus with a longer lifespan of up to 25 years, fibre optics don’t need to be replaced as often either.

Fibre is also less invasive. Unlike cable, our new fibre offering is ideal for listed buildings and busy city centre roads. Digging the roads to install cables causes disruption, delays and an increase in carbon emissions due to idling engines in traffic jams.

Data centres and energy use

There are many other aspects of being online which aren’t that green. Data centres are a huge contributor as they consume vast amounts of energy and generate heat which requires cooling fans. However, many data centres run on renewable energy and some clean up their energy consumption by buying ‘carbon off-sets’, which is a great alternative to fossil fuels.

How to lower your impact

Transferring data also consumes energy. Yes, it’s just a small amount but everything you do online has a cost. To help you could unsubscribe from old email lists you no longer read, swap an email attachment for a link and send it to less people. One of the most surprising facts around emailing is that if everybody sent one less ‘thank you’ email we could save 16,433 tonnes of carbon a year. That’s the equivalent of taking 3,334 diesel cars off the road, according to a report by energy company OVO. Now that’s pretty amazing.

What’s next?

We have a new fibre offering that’s environmentally friendly and offers outstanding performance. To find out if we’re in your area, get in touch.