14 Jul '11, 2am

The true impact of email

The true impact of email

We've seen this message at the end of an email a hundred times and often heeded its words: "Please think before printing". But a recent study conducted by the French Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME ) suggests that while refraining from printing emails can help to reduce your carbon footprint, it would be best not to send the email at all. According to the report, which was researched in collaboration with a French firm specializing in life cycle assessment, Bio Intelligence Services, in France, each employee of a company of 100 people receives an average of 58 emails a day and sends 33. At an average size of 1 MB and 220 working days per year, ADEME has calculated sending work related emails generates 13.6 tonnes of CO2, about 13 round-trip flights from Paris to New York. Times that number by four if you copy 10 people into your message. Times it by...

Full article: http://www.earthtimes.org/scitech/true-impact-email/1147/

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