With the sprightly announcement made on Tuesday from highly mighty Microsoft about forming an alliance with Github, Accenture and Thoughtworks for environment purpose, cheer and happiness spread across the world. The trinity has set-up a non-profit, i.e. “The Green Software Foundation” targeted towards checking emissions prevailing across software industry by bringing people, models, tools and agile practices together. In the process, Linux Foundation and the Joint Development Foundation Projects LLC have also extended active support.
The idea behind The Green Software Foundation is an outcome of a tensed tilt common among these players towards deteriorating climate and a need is felt to act quickly and harmoniously in form of joint efforts.
Clearly, the founding participants are those teeming with a great devotion towards sustainability with the green software development and who want to widen the concept of green software engineering, saturate industry with new established standards and to act jointly as a family for carbon emissions reductions.
Besides, one of the upshot aims of the foundation is also to achieve the targets of info and communication technology sector, strictly with the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and by 45%, which is acutely what Paris Climate Agreement has laid out.
As for the relevance of the project all of a sudden, which people may enquire about, that can be explained from the fact that data centres pull about 1% of electricity globally and the percentage is likely to rise in coming years, as most of activities are getting online, hence, developing green software is indeed the best of priorities set by concerned and soulful people occupying high offices.
Mr. Paul Daugherty, who looks after as Technology affairs at Accenture, reveals, “Sustainability is our greatest responsibility, and this is the decade that organizations must deliver on their promises to improve our communities and our planet. Accenture is proud to be a founding member of the Green Software Foundation and we look forward to collaborating with other organizations to evolve the culture of software engineering, so sustainability is embedded by design, contributing to a meaningful reduction in the carbon emissions of computing and making a positive impact on the environment.”
Now, Mr. Mike Dolan butts in, who acts in the capacity of general manager and senior vice president at Linux Foundation and shares, “The software industry and open source software community have both the opportunity and ability to build digital infrastructure with the least possible impact to our environment. We are happy to support the Green Software Foundation and its mission to build a neutral ecosystem for collaboration on standards, tooling and best practices for green software.”
We also sought crucial inputs from Erica Brescia, who moves the seat of CEO at Github and she disclosed the vision about green future, “We envision a future where carbon-free software is standard—where software development, deployment, and use contribute to the global climate solution without every developer having to be an expert. GitHub is proud to be a founding member of the Green Software Foundation and we remain committed to building an environmentally sustainable home for all developers.”
Now, at ThoughtWorks, its President Guo Xiao curtly encourages with a global outlook, “Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges faced by humanity and the tech sector contributes a rapidly escalating amount of emissions. At ThoughtWorks, we believe that issues like climate change can only be resolved through global solidarity. Thus, in addition to taking action on our own footprint with our commitment to the Science Based Target Initiative, we are joining the Green Software Foundation as founding members to help our clients, partners and the broader industry drive towards a more sustainable future together.”
Last but not the least, from Microsoft side, Brad Smith, president has addressed the amorphous media, “The scientific consensus is clear: the world confronts an urgent carbon problem. It will take all of us working together to create innovative solutions to drastically reduce emissions. Today, Microsoft is joining with organizations, who are serious about an environmentally sustainable future to drive adoption of green software development to help our customers and partners around the world reduce their carbon footprint.”
• To Unroll New Standards About Green Virtues:
The organization would ideate new standards palatable to global environment efforts and green designs and practices to be prominent across computing disciplines and tech areas. Collectively, they would spur wider acceptance and would also try to drive government policy towards such standards hoping for consistency and clarity in reporting green software emissions in measured quantities.
• Functions For Innovation:
To facilitate open-source and open-data projects drawing popular reliability and trust, and that would be pivotal in software applications development exuding green virtues. Besides, to work along academia and other prestigious non-profit partners in the field, is also among the agendas.
• Create Awareness And Advocate Green Adherence On Wider Scale:
The effort is also to advocate benefits of accepting green software across industry and exponential programs are likely to be launched alongside training and education following which, certificates would be distributed and further occasions and venues would be outlined, for the growth of green software.
• To Facilitate Awareness, Educate Masses And Garner Popular Support Globally:
In the team, other than, Microsoft, Accenture, Github and ThoughWorks, which are founding parties, Goldman Sachs and acclaimed non-profits: Leaders for Climate Action, Watt Time and The Green Web Foundation have also committed their support, assistance and round the clock favour, as per their capability.