Chapter 5

Digital eco-design and responsible development

Reading time: 35 minutes
In this chapter, you will learn how to:
  • Create digital tools in a more sustainable way;
  • Program and optimise your tools more effectively;
  • Manage your digital tools and host them in the right place.

What is the impact of digital design?

The manufacture of the electronic devices we use on a daily basis is the main cause of the impact of digital technology on the environment, so it’s the best place to start if you want to take action to be digitally responsible. However, the impact of telecommunications networks and data centres should not be overlooked: actions can also easily be taken to reduce this impact.

Sources of the impact of digital technology on the environment:

From 58% to 89

Digital equipment

From 6% to 18

Telecommunications networks

From 5% to 29

Data centers


Source: BORDAGE F. and DE MONTENAY L., GreenIT

Our role, as professionals in the communication sector, is to ensure that the messages that we want to convey can reach as many people as possible on an equal footing, while having a reduced environmental impact.

How can digital tools be eco-designed?