Digital equipment production phase
According to the French Ministry of Ecology and Energy Transition, the production phase of digital equipment accounts for over 75% of the digital industry’s environmental footprint (greenhouse gas emissions, water and resource consumption).
Digital use phase
At present, 2% of greenhouse gas emissions are caused by the use of digital technology in France. This is due in particular to data centers, infrastructures made up of IT equipment that operates 24 hours a day and consumes large amounts of energy. Their main need is server cooling.
The digital sector also consumes 56 billion Kw/hour per year in France. This represents 12% of electricity consumption and 3% of final energy consumption.
Dynamic displays offer eco-responsible solutions. Low-power, Energy Star-certified displays offer greater efficiency and lower energy consumption. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program is a guarantee of product quality and eco-responsibility. This makes it possible to comply with energy standards on different types of screens.
Finally, equipment dedicated to private or professional use accounts for three-quarters of energy consumption in the digital sector. Computers, tablets, smartphones and internet boxes consume 45 TWh per year in France.
End-of-life phase for digital devices
The flow of waste electrical and electronic equipment is increasing by 2% a year in Europe. The percentage of digital waste recycled in France is estimated at less than 40%.