Digital technologies are indispensable to achieving Sustainable Development Goals and reducing carbon emissions in many sectors. Yet, computer systems themselves have an immense energy requirement for their countless devices, data centers, applications and global networks. The shift to digital in living, learning and earning has brought us closer to the time when digitization will have a major negative impact on the climate. Since digitization has many important benefits, research, teaching and policy must strategically prioritize to deliver digitization with less energy consumption, increase algorithmic efficiency so that people and the planet thrive, and make “Sustainability by Design” the new leading paradigm in digital engineering worldwide.
The clean-IT Forum is the international platform for research institutions, IT industry and policy leaders to raise awareness on the global energy footprint of computer systems. Experts in digital engineering inform and propose solutions on how to tackle the ever-growing energy requirements of data centers and applications such as cloud, media streaming, AI and blockchain. The clean-IT Forum is an open platform for interested stakeholders who are eager to contribute to reduce energy requirement for digital technologies, discuss policies, algorithms and procedures to lower the carbon footprint of digitization on a global scale. Everybody is invited to share insights, techniques and suggestions on the platform via video, links as well as to take part in forum discussions with the global community.