GTSW Event: Getting to a fossil free internet by 2030

Join Green Tech South West as they present an online event with the pioneering Chris Adams from the Green Web Foundation who’ll talk about the progress made in the Greening of IT.


Getting to a fossil free internet by 2030 – a tour of the tech and policy changes to get us there

Over the last few years, the idea of a carbon aware, fossil free internet by 2030 has become more than just interesting idea. It has become something that is socially and economically plausible, as well as desirable and inline with the latest climate science.

In this talk Chris will cover some of the key drivers to make this possible, and what key policy changes can accelerate our transition from fossil fuels in the technology sector.

Chris will discuss:

  • the most promising ideas from the Internet Architecture Board’s recent workshops to explore how to reduce global ICT emissions inline with the science around staying within 1.5 degrees of warming;
  • what new open source software like Ecovisors can do for on-site power;
  • how carbon-aware computing schedulers and carbon aware networking routers can lead to an internet that can complement a shift to a grid powered by more variable renewable sources of energy;
  • how a shift to hourly carbon accounting for electricity with new standards like Energy Tag’s Granular Certificates can cut through existing greenwash;
  • some of the the regulatory drivers on the horizon can help technologists argue for more ambitious climate action, from the European Corporate Social Responsibility Directive to recent changes in international accounting standards from the IFRS (international financial reporting standards) Foundation.

Participants will leave with a good grounding of the progress made in the Greening of IT, the challenges facing us for the rest of the decade, and a better idea of their role in the coming energy transition, particularly in the tech sector.


Chris Adams is the Executive Director of the Green Web Foundation, a non profit focussed on reaching a fossil free internet by 2030. He’s spent the last 15 years as an environmentally focussed tech generalist, working as a user researcher, product manager, developer, sysadmin and UX designer.

He is a contributing editor to the Ars Electronica award winning Branch Magazine, is the policy chair of the Green Software Foundation, an industry body comprised of non profits and some of the largest names in the tech world, including, Microsoft, Thoughtworks, Github and others.

He enjoys coding in python and javascript, and is the cohost of the Environment Variables podcast, where he interviews researchers working on the bleeding edge of green IT to make it accessible to a wider audience.

The schedule is as follows:

🔓 12.20pm – CrowdCast room opens

👋 12.30pm – Event starts with a welcome from your meet-up organisers, Ellen, Hannah and Mike

📢 12.35pm – Our famous 60 second intros – a chance for attendees to introduce themselves, ask for help and tell us about something the group might find interesting

💚 12.45pm – Chris’s talk

❓ 1.15pm – Questions

🗓️ 1.25pm – Round-up, other community notices and next event announcement

The event will be recorded and will be available along with the slides to view shortly afterwards.

This is a free online event streaming via the CrowdCast platform. You will see the link once you RSVP. The evening before the event, we’ll email those that RSVPed with more details about what to expect when using CrowdCast.

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