Brits sending one less email a day would cut carbon emissions by 16,000 tonnes

Brits sending one less email a day would cut carbon emissions by 16,000 tonnes

Officials working on plans to reduce the UK’s carbon footprint have warned of a hidden threat that is increasing the country’s emissions: unnecessary emails.

As Britain gears up to host the UN COP26 climate change summit next year, “officials have been particularly taken by research suggesting that more than 64m unnecessary emails are sent by Britons every day,” the Financial Times reports.

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These emails – often just one or two words long – are “pumping thousands of tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere owing to the power they consume”, the paper adds.

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