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@theruran I think that I can't compete with the existing published papers at the moment. For example this one [1] has a very similar message, so I don't think I'd have much to add.

But I am now officially leading the "Low Carbon and Sustainable Computing" activity in my department, so eventually I expect to publish on this topic.



@theruran I want to focus more on outreach though, giving talks about the article I wrote. So I you know of a virtual venue, let me know ^_^

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@theruran My main Low Carbon activity at the moment is as a participant in a project to propose recommendations to achieve a net zero digital research infrastructure for the UK by 2040 or sooner. I will be one of the co-authors of that report.

I don't like the concept of "net zero" but in this project, what it means is that after we have applied all possible ways to reduce emissions from this infrastructure, there will still be some emissions, e.g. from manufacturing. So to achieve actual zero, offsetting will be needed.

I am very critical of offsetting and even more of carbon capture/sequestration and storage though. I think if we do all the rest, we might not need the offsetting part anyway.

The idea is that our recommendations will be applicable to industry and organisations as well, because of course the UK digital research infrastructure is a small contributor even to the UK's emissions. The purpose is to serve as an example of what can be done.

The idea is yet another example of "first world problem" expediency:

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