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Want to Netflix and Chill This Weekend? Think Again...

Professor of Financial Economics and Part-time Value Investor, Transfin.
Nov 1, 2019 6:37 AM 2 min read

You might want to Netflix and Chill this weekend, but think again. As per a new study, binge-watching on-demand video can be harmful for the environment.


The week has almost come to an end and some of us have already begun making a list of series we intend to binge-watch over the weekend. Now while that might seem to be a good way to decompress, as a responsible human beings on Mother Earth, you might want to reconsider your plan.


Why is that? 


Because as per a recent study, researchers estimate that watching a half-hour show via an on-demand video app emits c. 1.6kg of carbon dioxide into the environment. This is equivalent to driving almost 4 miles!


“Videos come in very large file sizes and are only getting bigger with each new generation of higher definition video. More data equals more energy needed to maintain a system that is ready to stream this video to your device at a moment’s notice”, said Gary Cook of Greenpeace, which monitors the IT sector’s energy footprint.


Netflix and Chill May Be Harming the Environment


Experts estimate that by 2030, some 4.1% of the global electricity budget will be taken up by streaming video servers.


With online video  expected to quadruple by 2022 and account for 80% of all internet traffic by 2022, these numbers become all the more worrisome. 


Now while it is unlikely that one is going to completely give up on streaming services, there are things one can do to help lessen the impact of your online use. You could check out this article for some tips to begin with.