What Is Green Software And Should You Care?

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The latest buzzwords in the corporate world are ‘green’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘eco-friendly.’ We all know about the cycle to work scheme, the effort to reduce paper wastage and the email that forever goes around the office reminding us to put the lids back on whiteboard pens. The drive for a more sustainable workplace is admirable and worthwhile financially for many companies. But is there such a thing as green software? Developers are now making strides in creating software using processes that minimize any negative impact on the environment. As a consumer of these software packages, it’s only right that you should stand up and take notice of the advancements in green software.

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Software For A Green Purpose

Many coding experts are now choosing to produce software that actually aids in reducing a carbon footprint or the amount of fossil fuels used by a business. When considering the carbon emissions of a company, a business will have to go back to the drawing board and alter their entire manufacturing processes. To make it worth their while, there has to be a particularly large carrot dangling on the end of a stick. Companies will require a software package that analyzes current practices and works out solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, thus reducing a company’s carbon footprint. By doing this, a company is saving money in the carbon emissions trading game. By polluting less, they have to pay up less. Financial incentives act as a sound encouragement to go greener.

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Fuel Cells

As one of the many bioenergy solutions that can be accessed in the twenty-first century, fuel cells are little nuggets of emission-free energy that can be utilized to replace PC and laptop batteries. Some greener software companies are now using this sustainable technology when they go about their coding. A business choosing to outsource any part of the IT functionality to a third party with green software at the heart of their vision is demonstrating their eco-credentials.

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Paper Trail

The bane of many an office worker’s life is the excess paper that clogs up the working environment. There is now software utilized by companies across the globe that minimizes reliance on hard copies of documents. With secure cloud-based storage, companies can now hold all of their documentation, invoices and contracts in one central space online. This means ring binders full of untouched paper no longer have to be stored in the office within dusty old filing cabinets that are rarely opened. Reducing paper waste not only minimizes a company’s impact on the environment but it can also save money and boost productivity.

Going green isn’t all about recycling your paper cups or switching the lights off when you’re not in the room. As a company, you need to think outside the box and ensure that your sustainable reach is broadened to include those third party software companies that you work with. By doing this, you are ensuring that your eco-credentials are maximized.

GreenTech Media

GreenTech Media has put together a list of their 10 favorite green software. All of them have a purpose in decreasing consumption and increasing eficiency, when it comes to energy business. Their list can be found here https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/the-top-ten-in-green-software#gs.u3DRAj8 of great technology that could decrease pollution or save the environment.

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Max Francisco has been doing digital projects in Brazil and the US for the last 15 years.