Towards Digital Sustainability, A Keynote

François Zaninotto
François ZaninottoJune 29, 2021

Most live events were cancelled this year, but I had the pleasure to give a talk at the SymfonyWorld Online 2021 conference. The subject: Digital sustainability, or how developers impact climate change today, and what we can do about it.

The digital activity accounts for 4% of the total carbon emissions worldwide - roughly as much as planes. Who is responsible for that? For the most part, developers like you and me. It means it's our job to track, analyze and reduce the carbon emissions of the software we develop. Except it's a hard problem and there aren't many tools available for that.

In this talk, I'll go over the why, the when and the how we should work on building more sustainable software. It's not one of these talks about climate change that put you in a horrible mood for the next month - rather the type of talk with tips that you can start using right away to improve your practice, and make the world a better place.

The video lasts 35 minutes, and it's a great introduction to the topic.

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It was the first time I gave an online talk. Speaking in front of my screen was frustrating, even though there were more than 450 attendees. But the intense Q&A session that took place after the talk lead to much more feedback than what I get during on-site talks.

If you want to learn more on this subject, check out these other articles we wrote about it:

And if you would like to introduce Digital Sustainability to your team, we have built a half day workshop based on this talk. We can do it remotely, or at your company if it's in France. Contact us to get a quote.

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