Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability

IT, Resource Productivity, Environmental Preservation, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Ebay Energy/Carbon Dashboard for “Digital Service Efficiency”




Splits usage into infrastructure and business (former is bigger), provides summary metrics in number of transactions (related to buy or sell) per kWh (more is better), and includes carbon emissions per user, server, and MW. Not realtime numbers, though quarterly updates planned.

View the dashboard here and the explanation here.


Author: nigelpm

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan - Helping organizations to navigate digital transformation.

2 thoughts on “Ebay Energy/Carbon Dashboard for “Digital Service Efficiency”

  1. Something that might interest you –

  2. Harminder, thanks for posting a link to the blog post and study. The study projects that the wireless cloud will increase in energy consumption by 4X from 2012-2015. I wonder to what extent this use is complementary (net addition) or a substitute (net subtraction due to, for example, using the wireless cloud to conduct a video conference on an iPhone instead of flying to a meeting). Unless we know the estimates of complement/substitute, it’s difficult to say whether this estimated energy increase is a good thing or a bad thing. Nonetheless, I agree with the authors that the paper provides a useful “starting point for addressing these issues.” -Nigel

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