Timeline of progress towards a more sustainable web
- In 2006, The Green Web Foundation began a database of web hosting companies who were using renewable energy to power their data centres.
- In 2009, Greenpeace started benchmarking the energy performance of Internet companies, and began challenging the largest ones to commit to powering their growth with 100% renewable energy. They release an annual report on their progress entitled Clicking Clean.
- In April 2013 the W3C Sustainable Web Design Community Group was established.
- In the same month, Mightybytes launched Ecograder, a free tool to measure a website’s environmental impact.
- In September 2013 A List Apart published Sustainable Web Design by James Christie.
- In August 2016 O’Reilly published Designing for Sustainability by Tim Frick.
- Since 2016, the SustainableUX conference has been running annually.
- The fifth International Conference on ICT for Sustainability concluded in May 2018.
- Also in May 2018, Wholegrain Digital launched Website Carbon – a calculator that tells you how big the carbon footprint of a website is.