Content Developer Associate at almaBetter
Web 3.0 brings an era of the Internet where people have access to decentralized Internet and the metaverse with more control over data and online privacy. The companies that capitalize on this technology while eliminating the most entrenched problems will be the leaders of the virtual world.
As much as this technology sounds exciting and promising, some problems must be solved to help Web 3.0 create a more sustainable world. However, three significant issues can be tackled quickly with the help of Web 3.0 - digital privacy, security, and carbon emissions. Several tools can help solve these issues if organizations create a structured strategy.
The number one issue that must be addressed is the carbon emissions created through the billions of digital attachments shared worldwide. As we sit here and work or study and share several files, we contribute to this global problem.
In this blog, we will talk about how Web 3.0 can help solve issues that need to be addressed immediately for a better future.
Before we learn how Web 3.0 tools might help reduce carbon emissions, we must understand how almost everyone is responsible for this global problem. According to studies, an average email attachment emits about 50g of CO2 into the atmosphere. The primary reason behind this is the electricity consumed by the massive infrastructure of data centers worldwide that process and store information.
According to further studies, an average office employee receives around 6000 attachments that they ignore yearly. The sad fact is that this number doesn’t even include the amount of many more attachments that employees do open every day. So the total carbon impact is disturbing and much higher than we could imagine.
When we talk about carbon emissions, it’s not just the email attachments that are responsible. Blockchain transactions have been equally responsible for massive carbon emissions in recent years. Ironically, blockchain platforms will play an enormous role in reducing carbon emissions caused by blockchain transactions.
Blockchain platforms and immutable ledgers have incorporated a prevention solution right inside. As a result, we can massively slash the amount of carbon from sending attachments by accessing different types of files, such as documents, multimedia, or contracts, from a kind of access point that hasn't been hampered. The idea is to create secure records and send people to a single source instead of forging multiple copies of the original and sending those copies out into the world.
Web 3.0 not only provides a solution to lower carbon emissions but also creates a whole new world of privacy and security while cutting down the need for more infrastructure to support the billions of attachments sent worldwide every day. For example, your attachment is always secure with blockchain technology, and you don’t have to worry about sharing it with anyone. In addition, you can access the permissions and revoke access to the original.
As we know, sustainability is not something that we usually hear associated with Web 3.0. However, a greener crypto landscape is an excellent example of how people are moving towards a more sustainable method. Bitcoin mining is a method that environmentalists and artists often criticize because of its nature of consuming an enormous amount of energy. We are dealing with an industry that consumes around.55% of the world’s electricity, but with people moving to a greener crypto landscape, it is safe to say that this energy consumption won’t last long.
The best part about the whole process is that it requires a brief knowledge and a shift in mindset. We play a significant role in creating a sustainable world, and with Web 3.0 in the picture, we must change our mindset and work on developing a habit of downloading precisely what we need. This is as simple and necessary as tossing the trash in a bin and fastening your seat belt every time you drive; it will take time, but ultimately it is something that will help you and the world in the long run.
If you are interested in learning about Web 3.0 and how it can be utilized to help create a sustainable world, check out our Full Stack Web Development with Web3 program in collaboration with Polygon. The program is perfect for aspiring web developers curious about learning the prospects of Web 3.0 and building a career as a web developer.