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Sending one less 'unnecessary' email a day could save 16,000 tonnes of carbon a year, study finds

The study showed that 72 per cent of the UK are unaware of the carbon footprint attached to their inbox. CREDIT: ANDREW BROOKES /CULTURA RF

Published on The Telegraph website on the 26th November 2019
Story by Mason Boycott-Owen

 

Sending just one less unnecessary email per day could reduce the UK’s carbon footprint by 16,000 tonnes per year, according to research.

The study, conducted in part by Professor Mike Berners-Lee, claims that the UK sends over 64 million unnecessary emails every day which sheds new light on how our everyday lives can impact the climate.

The research released today found that UK adults send around 11 unnecessary emails each day, with simple one or two word replies such as ‘thanks’ or ‘you too’ driving part of the UK’s carbon output.

The energy required from email servers, networks and systems such as the cloud in one year are claimed to create carbon footprint which is the same as 81,152 flights to Madrid.

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