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Web Sustainability Guidelines

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The Sustainability Web Design Community Group Opens in new tab announced the Web Sustainability Guidelines Opens in new tab. It’s all about “how to design and implement digital products and services that put people and the planet first.”

This guideline provides best practices and recommendations for reducing the environmental impact of web development and design, such as minimizing data transfer, optimizing images, using green hosting, and more.

The climate crisis is a real threat, and it’s fantastic that people exist who care to share their ideas on how to reduce the impact of our industry. If you’ve thought the internet is not a part of the problem, think again.

We are responsible for “2-5% of global emissions, more than the aviation industry”. I want to quote some actions from the Web Sustainability Guidelines Opens in new tab you can take immediately to participate in this.

  • Minify Your HTML, CSS, And JavaScript
  • Avoid Code Duplication
  • EnsureYour Solutions Are Accessible
  • Use HTML Elements Correctly
  • Choose A SustainableHosting Provider
  • Optimize Browser Caching
  • Be Mindful Of Duplicate Data.

These are just a few suggestions tailored to a more environmental friendly web. The list is long, and I’m sure everybody will find something they can apply there. The key takeaway I get from this is anything you already do to improve the accessibility of your website and the loading performance is also good for the environment.

If you’re interested in sustainable web design, check out Opens in new tab, listed as the Implementation of the Web Sustainability Guidelines.

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