What is digital eco-design? This approach is designed to reduce the environmental impact of a digital medium, in this case our website, throughout its life cycle, i.e. from its design through to its final use.
What is the current consumption of our website?
1,6grams of CO2 emitted*
2,4cl of water*
*Average on all pages of the website
Compared to the old version of our website, on average across all pages of the website, we have managed to reduce :
- by 38% the CO2 emitted
- by 38% the water consumption
- by 60% the size of the DOM
- by 84% the number of requests
- move from an E to a B grade
We have made the design of our website less energy-intensive by optimising a number of levers. What’s more, we can continue to optimise it by complying with certain criteria.
- Reduced energy consumption of the pages
By considering a number of factors during the design of our website, we were able to reduce the environmental impact of the pages, e.g. the number of queries, the bandwidth used and the complexity of the domain (DOM), which
helps to reduce its energy consumption when used. We have achieved this result by activating
a number of levers:
Fewer images and videos
Optimised weight of images and videos (use of the SVG format, compression)
Use of web colours
Reduced number of icons/thumbnails, replaced by glyphs when possible
Limited number of fonts
Removal of animations when not relevant
Each of these features optimises the site’s environmental impact and the users navigate it. In fact, reducing these elements also reduces the loading time for pages, resulting in a smoother browsing experience.
Our website is hosted by Alwaysdata, a host compliant with strict eco-responsibility
criteria: use of ecological devices and equipment that ensure a low-level energy policy and that allow the consumption of processes to be measured.
In addition, Alwaysdata develops daily internal actions to monitor its low-carbon policy, such as partnerships mindful of the environment (with eco-responsible suppliers and manufacturers), limits on travel, and investment in low-carbon initiatives.
- Relevant content
A website's eco-design also entails the relevance of the content shared on it. We endeavour to comply with this criterion by removing elements that are no longer relevant, such as information that is obsolete or no longer
By managing content in this way, we limit the weight of our website and rid the user of needless elements for an improved browsing experience.
Eco-design is often associated with digital accessibility, which consists in making content, services and digital media comprehensible and usable by all users, no matter their disability.
For optimal accessibility, we have considered the contrast between colours used, the size of fonts, and the use of alternative media formats for the visually impaired (such as descriptions of photos). We also use dedicated, optimised code so that the site can be used by all.
Our website was eco-designed by Digital.Green.