When it comes to climate protection, digitization inevitably comes into play. On the one hand, digitally available data reduces paper consumption and protects forests and nature. On the other hand, running and cooling large server centers consumes enormous amounts of energy. Therefore, the formula for a better environmental balance is; not only from a data protection perspective, but minimizing data plus using renewable energy sources.
These criteria determine whether companies act responsibly when storing their digital data. Unfortunately, the trend shows something else. It has been observed that companies around the world do not know the content and value of 52% of the data they archive. Also known as "dark data", this pointless hoarding of data waste not only unnecessarily connects storage resources but also causes millions of tons of CO2 emissions.
According to a study recently published by the American company Veritas Technologies, 5.8 million tons of CO2 gas was created due to "Dark Data" stored in 2020 alone Waiting. This value corresponds to the amount emitted by 80 different countries per year. Analysts expect this figure to quadruple over the next four years. This will be accompanied by an increase in the amount of energy needed to power the infrastructure. Under these conditions, aiming to prevent climate change will not be a realistic approach.
So what can we do?
Every individual and every company can contribute to this process. For example, if data management involves an automatic quarterly check or the pointless deletion of stored data, that would already be the first step in the right direction.
Our experience has shown that companies moving from analog to digital purposefully select the data and documents they really need and thus digitize, archive in analog format and even put them directly into data and document destruction.
If you are not sure what criteria you should use for selection, please contact us. We are happy to advise you.