Environmental impacts were taken into account from the conception of Treebal.
Contrary to what one might think, digital technology is not intangible and its environmental impacts are very real. Thus, the digital sector is now responsible for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions and the sharp increase in usage suggests a 50% growth of this carbon footprint by 2025 according to ADEME. This is why it is essential to take into account the environmental impact of digital solutions from their conception.
The aim of digital eco-conception is to reduce the negative environmental impacts of a product by taking into account all stages of its life cycle.
The environmental dimension was taken into account from the conception of Treebal, from the first "design thinking" workshops to the realization of the application itself, and we are part of a continuous improvement process.
Our R&D teams have been trained in fundamentals of the responsible digital and received Green IT certification. From the very beginning the functional and technical choices responded to an objective of digital sobriety and use in order to limit the environmental footprint of the application :
To ensure compliance with eco-design requirements, to continuously measure and improve Treebal's environmental impact, we are supported by various experts :
The benefits of eco-conception are multiple :
* according to the EENM2019 study by GreenIT.fr
In order to measure and continuously improve the environmental performance of the application, we carried out a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), taking into account the entire life cycle of the application, including the manufacturing and end-of-life stages. To carry out this LCA in the rules of the art, we called on several experts including Boavizta, an inter-organization working group dedicated to measuring the environmental impact of digital organizations.
The process and the report are accessible here (French).
In a process of cooperation and contribution to the development of responsible digital technology, we provide the community with the calculator developed in this context.
Most videoconferencing systems offer “the best possible image and sound quality, in high resolution” Treebal Meet takes the opposite view and says that it is not necessary. Just because high resolution bandwidth is available doesn't mean it should be used.
For simplicity, Treebal Meet limits its maximum video resolution to 480p, and considers that a standard quality of 360p is sufficient to render the expected service.
In addition, Treebal Meet limits the number of frames per second of its video streams to 15fps (instead of 20+ usually).
Other savings are also made: only the main interlocutor is in high resolution, the others are standard and within the limit of the last 3 active speakers, the video streams of inactive ones are cut.
Treebal Meet also offers to start a video conference with the camera disabled, so that it is the user who decides whether to activate it afterwards or not.