Digital services are more and more present in our daily lives and are transforming the way we communicate, work and consume.
Among these digital services, we for example the generalization of teleworking. Made possible by the democratization of IT tools (online data hosting, collaborative tool, videoconferencing system, etc.), teleworking allows companies to become more efficient and reduce the environmental impact of employee home-to-work transport
In addition, dematerialized solutions are used more and more by consumers (online purchases, home delivery, streaming services, etc.) who equip themselves with connected objects. From the connected watch to the car, all everyday objects are connected to provide us with new services (home automation objects, connected locks, pastry robots, etc.).
If the digital services sector is perceived as an immaterial sector, the multiplication of these services is not exempt from environmental impacts: multiplication of data centers, increase in the volume of data exchanged on mobile and fiber optic networks, obsolescence programmed terminals, etc.
Aware about more sustainable consumption patterns and faced with current climate challenges, companies want to know the environmental impact of their digital services.
In collaboration with ADEME* and its partners, since 2018 LCIE Bureau Veritas has been developing the NégaOctet standard aimed at defining a method to assess digital services using a life cycle approach. Our specificity lies in the creation of an exhaustive environmental database characterizing all the elementary bricks of digital services such as:
- Data exchanged over the Internet (4G network, fiber network)
- Data hosting in a datacenter based on performance and customer needs
- Equipment related to hosting and data processing (switch, firewall, router, storage, etc.)
- End user terminals (smartphone, screen, television, etc.)
- Sensors linked to connected objects (RFID chip, NFC)
For more information, go to our webpage dedicated to the NégaOctet standard. * ADEME is active in the implementation of French public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development.