Microsoft, GitHub, the Linux Foundation, and other organizations have launched a green software initiative
The Green Software Foundation was announced at Microsoft’s annual Build developers’ conference this week and will be administered by open source body, the Linux Foundation. It aims to bring software into line by encouraging developers to write leaner and more efficient code so fewer processor cycles will be wasted – helping the industry meet its goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.
“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,” said Erica Brescia, chief operating officer, GitHub.
The group plans to publish green standards, and push for voluntary adoption of those practices, as well as pushing for government policies that promote them. As the field is somewhat undeveloped, the foundation plans to support academic research, and grow advocacy for improvements.