10:45 - 11:30
Mankind is releasing enormous quantities of greenhouse gases, which are continuously heating our planet’s atmosphere. Yet, we as developers can’t do much about it anyway, since after all, we only produce code, and that doesn’t hurt anyone. Isn’t that right? Of course, it’s not quite that simple. The energy that powers our servers and sends our data around the globe has to be produced somehow. Even though the share of regenerative energy sources continues to increase, every year counts if we want to limit global warming to a halfway tolerable level. We can do a lot more than run our laptops in energy-saving mode or the IDE in dark mode. Of course, we can use more efficient algorithms, but also the system architecture and infrastructure plays a significant role. And, if we think outside the box, there are also some opportunities in product design to reduce the carbon footprint of our users.