Energy comparison platform USwitch has calculated the carbon footprint of the 200 most popular websites. Here are the internet sites that cause the most damage to the Earth’s atmosphere by causing enormous carbon dioxide emissions.
UK-based energy comparison platform USwitch has calculated the carbon footprint of the 200 most popular web pages. When preparing the report, many factors were taken into account that could affect a site’s energy efficiency, from hosting to font size, images to videos and colors.
USwitch says its websites analyze its carbon footprint and take into account whether the energy used by the cloud and telecommunications network and the data center is powered by renewable energy. As a result, it turns out that the most visited web pages lead to tremendous carbon dioxide emissions.
What are the dirtiest and cleanest websites?
Of the hundreds of sites examined, Reddit was identified as the platform that polluted the planet the most. Experts say Reddit emits 13.05 grams of carbon dioxide in just 69 clicks on a single visit. Let’s note that the figure is equivalent to driving for 5 kilometers.
Other high-emission sites around the world include Pinterest, which produces 12.43 grams of carbon dioxide per visit, and the Nintendo gaming portal, which emits 11.43 grams of carbon dioxide. Victoria’s Secret, Uniqlo, Banggood, and Alibaba are also ranked as the sites with the largest carbon footprint.
Wikipedia is the cleanest website on the internet, according to the report. The Free Encyclopedia produces only 0.04 grams of carbon dioxide per visit. Social network LinkedIn is in second place, followed by fashion giant H&M’s website. The top ten energy-efficient clean sites include PayPal, WordPress, and cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.