clean-IT: Towards Sustainable Digital Technologies

Digitalization is a game changer in the pursuit of a sustainable future. The latest digital technologies and applications like cloud, AI, and mobile devices enable us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and reduce carbon emissions in many sectors. Yet computer systems themselves have an immense energy requirement for their countless devices, data centers, applications and global networks. To effectively reduce the carbon footprint of digitalization, it is necessary to apply algorithmic efficiency and sustainability by design as guiding principles in digital engineering. The clean-IT Forum is the international platform to exchange ideas, recent research findings and applications to make digital technologies more energy-efficient.

This course differs from the common openHPI format. There are no deadlines or graded tests. The clean-IT Forum spotlights the pressing issue of the impact of digitization on climate change and how to deliver sustainable digital technologies. Experts from various organizations will share their ideas about how to make digital technologies more sustainable and will be open to discussing with you how to spread clean-IT solutions. You are not simply a learner, but may contribute your own ideas about how to reduce the energy consumption of computer systems by sharing your videos on the platform and your ideas in the discussion forum.

The clean-IT Forum is therefore an open platform for stakeholders in academia, IT industry, NGOs and policy leaders to exchange ideas about how to effectively reduce the energy requirements of digital technologies following the guiding principles “algorithmic efficiency” and “sustainability by design” in digital engineering. Due to their immateriality computer systems and software appear to be clean services and applications. However, every digital action requires energy. The use of digital technologies has increased exponentially over the last couple of decades and therefore also its energy requirements – this is especially true for such popular applications as cloud, artificial intelligence and media streaming.

To reduce the energy requirements of computer systems it is necessary to:

– Raise awareness about the energy footprint of computer systems
– Find feasible methods to measure the energy consumption of computer systems and software
– Take the trade-off between performance and energy consumption into account when creating computer systems
– Establish algorithmic efficiency and sustainability by design as guiding principles in digital engineering
– Rethink IT architectures and algorithms
– Apply clean-IT solutions on a broad scale in popular services and products

Provided ByopenHPI
Type of providerMOOC provider
Provided atonline
Learning opportunity typeOER
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Admission procedureOpen to all
Price detailsfree
Type of credentialCertificate of participation
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