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Our Top 20 Sustainable Technology Examples to get you started

Sustainability is a Non-Functional Requirement that you need! But do you know how to get started? The topic has been around for years, but we are now witnessing cloud providers measuring carbon. And executive attention is focusing on org carbon usage. This means that there is mounting pressure on software teams to create a sustainable solution. But how? You have come to the right place for Sustainable Technology Examples to get you started.

Tell me everything I need to know – our foundational sustainable technology examples

How does sustainable technology fit into the bigger picture?

As engineers, we are usually tackling low-level concerns. So it’s life-affirming to see a large-scale effort or movement driving the same message.

In 2021, the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26 was held.

There is some heavy reading here, but it is worth looking into to understand the bigger picture of climate change.

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I get it but give me talking points to convince my boss

You have completed all your background reading – but how do you convince your boss?

We can measure carbon usage now, but it’s still high level. If the sustainability messaging isn’t getting through to your boss, we find that using Cost as a proxy is a big help. Also, sometimes teams are more motivated to optimize for carbon reduction, than optimizing to save money.

You may think that you don’t have a business case to re-platform or move to a more sustainable service. Maybe you believe that there is too much tech debt to deal with.

We believe that it is more compelling to flip the question:

We are using too much compute which is not efficient. 


We should increase our efficiency which would simplify things, reduce cost AND is more sustainable.

My boss is on board so what tools are available?

The main cloud providers have been excellent in providing tools to measure carbon usage. Their messaging is along the lines of “We will make the data center efficient, you make the software efficient”. AWS phrase this as “We look after sustainability of the cloud, you look after sustainability in the cloud”.

We’re ready to go but now we need to get executive attention

Do you need to convince the executive team or the board? We hope they are asking you about this already! Rather than you trying to convince them. But here are some helpful hints just in case.

The Serverless Edge and Sustainability

Of course, we at The Serverless Edge see the link between Sustainability, Serverless, and Well-Architected as a game-changer. Could Carbon Usage be the ultimate metric to measure technical debt? Imagine a single metric that represents efficiency, with no tricks. We are not quite there yet, but we think it’s not that far away. Here are some of our articles:

There’s no time like the present – start your sustainability journey today. Our future generations will be grateful!

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