Issue Number: Vol. 4, No. 2
Year of Publication: 2014
Page Numbers: 184-190
Authors: Tiroyamodimo Mogotlhwane
Journal Name: International Journal of Digital Information and Wireless Communications (IJDIWC)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P001097


The impact of global warming is now showing its ability to disturb human and other forms of life on the earth. Environmental pollution and how it can be minimised is a global issue for discussion. There is an increase in promoting human activities that are environmental friendly through the “green” initiatives. Green computing is how the computing profession is responding to concern for minimising environmental pollution. Internet based operations enable work to be done remotely minimising the need for human movement. Automation of processes, one of the benefits of computing minimise waste and indirectly reduce the need for human involvement. Fossil fuels used as fuel for vehicles are some of the leading causes of carbon emission. The ability for people to work from home (telecommuting), access banking services online (online banking) and other online based operations have the potential to reduce carbon emissions. These online operations are computer driven and enable professional expertise/service to be accessed without the need for people to travel. Computing applications have the potential to reduce or minimise carbon emission. More concerted effort is required from policy makers to embrace computing technologies as tools to reduce carbon emissions.