Why Sustainable Websites?

Digital technologies account for 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions. An average website, with around 10,000 monthly views, generates approximately 102 kg of CO2 annually. That is the equivalent of driving your average car for 255 miles! Sustainable website design prioritizes both the planet and people, mimizing enironmental impact through various strategies.

Low-Carbon & Human-Centered Websites

A sustainable website includes features that reduce carbon emissions, enhance user experience, and uphold social responsibility.


Designed to be lightweight and streamlined, sustainable websites minimize resource usage like bandwidth, data storage, and server space.

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Sustainable websites are hosted on servers that run on renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, or hydroelectric power.


Sustainable design prioritizes accessibility, user privacy, and a commitment to equity and social responsibility. This broader sustainability ethos promotes inclusive practices and respects user rights and autonomy.

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Benefits for you

The strategies used to create sustainable, people-focused websites naturally dovetail with design best practices and the goals of both small businesses and nonprofits. What's good for the planet and good for others is good for your organization, too.

  • Improved SEO

    Sustainable, accessible, and privacy-respecting websites feature well-structured code, optimized content, and clear navigation. These factors improve search engine optimization (SEO), boosting your website’s visibility and reach online.

  • Enhanced User Experience

    Prioritizing accessibility and privacy makes for a happier user. Websites that load quickly, are easy to navigate for all users, and respect their privacy preferences improves the user experience, garnering positive feedback and engagement.

  • Building Trust & Credibility

    When visitors feel that their needs and preferences are respected and protected, they are more likely to engage with the website, return for future visits, and recommend it to others. This bolsters the website's reputation and authority.

  • Legal Compliance & Risk Mitigation

    Websites that meet accessibility standards and privacy regulations reduce legal risks and liabilities. Non-compliance can lead to lawsuits and fines. Following best practices in these areas helps websites minimize legal disputes and associated costs.

  • Long-Term Viability & Scalability

    Low-carbon websites are designed for future growth and longevity. They use clean, efficient code that supports scalability and easy maintenance. These websites can evolve with user needs and technology changes, ensuring they remain viable and relevant over time.

  • Expanded Reach & Inclusivity

    Accessible websites reach a broader audience by removing barriers to access. This aligns with social responsibility and addresses a substantial market—people with disabilities make up a sizable and underserved demographic. Accessible websites can increase engagement and loyalty—this, in turn, drives growth.

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