Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing

A lot of us like to come across as polite to our email contacts, but it does more harm than good to send more than you need to.

Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing
Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing

Emails exchanged, that don't essentially need to be sent, can have a huge negative effect on the environment. It has been said that carbon emissions can be greatly reduced by people sending just one less email per day. In fact, a study based in London found that carbon emissions in the UK alone could reduce by 16,000 tonnes per year if everyone in the UK sent one less email per day.





How does it work?

Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing


To put it simply, when you send any email, it must pass through to a data centre from your PC or other desktop device, this alone contributes to carbon emissions, as your PC and the data centres must use electricity to power this action to happen. So whenever you decide to email a client, or an eBay seller "Thanks", or "Have a good day", you're contributing to global carbon emissions. Each email contributes an average of 0.3 grams of carbon emissions, and although this doesn't sound like much, anywhere from 250-350 billion emails are sent per day.



Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing
Why Unnecessary Emails Are A Bad Thing

So if you look at email usage on a global scale, it comes to about 90,000 tonnes of carbon emissions caused by email activity alone. It's no wonder pollution is on the rise, email clients are dealing with more and more clutter each day. It is worth saying - People can understand if you didn't email them back to say thank you.





Emails with images can be even worse, and may emit up to 15 times as much carbon as text only emails. These kinds of statistics should be telling you that email use can be reduced.