Microsoft, GitHub, Accenture, and ThoughtWorks, with the support of the Linux Foundation, have announced the creation of the Green Software Foundation, a non-profit organization. Its objective is to create a robust ecosystem that brings together the best practices, standards, tools and experts to drive the development of the software development industry.
Increasing energy consumption is one of the most pressing issues: today, data centers around the world account for 1% of global electricity demand, and this figure is projected to rise to 3-8% in the next decade. The Green Software Foundation is committed to helping software developers contribute to global goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from IT companies by 45% by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
Tasks established by the Green Software Foundation:
- Set industry standards for green software development. The creation and adoption of such standards will allow us to form a unified approach to measuring and evaluating the impact of software on the environment. In addition, the fund will endeavor to guide regulatory policy towards the adoption of these standards to ensure a consistent approach to this issue.
- Accelerating innovation. It is necessary to encourage the creation of open source and open data projects that aim to create green applications. Additionally, the foundation will work with non-profit partners and academia on research in this area.
- Sensitize. One of the main tasks is to make companies and developers aware of the green approach to software development. To address this, you need to create thought leader programs, organize developer trainings, and hold events to draw attention to this topic.
Along with the founding partners, Goldman Sachs and non-profit organizations such as Leaders for Climate Action, Watt Time and The Green Web Foundation have already joined the foundation. Organizations that share a commitment to sustainability can join the fund to help develop green software, contribute to industry-wide standards, and work together to reduce carbon emissions. More information about the Green Software Foundation and how to become a member is available on the website. www.greensoftwarefoundation.com.
In early 2020, as part of its global green initiative, Microsoft announced its intention to become completely carbon neutral by 2030. Later, the company also announced that for the same period of time it plans to replenish more fresh water than it consumes, it will go to zero waste and will also develop an initiative to preserve the Earth’s biodiversity. In the first year, according to the company, it has already reduced its carbon footprint by 6%, from 11.6 to 10.9 million tons.
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