Our story

One day, the Internet will run entirely on renewable energy. The Green Web Foundation develops tools to speed up that transition. Read here how and why.

A short history

In 2006, we started working with a small team on a project to visualize the kind of energy that powers the Internet: green for renewables, grey for anything else. We started with a database of technical parameters of green hosters, and a Green Web Check. This resulted in a system against which any website could be checked on greenness.

The next step was the development of the Green Web Apps, which were released at the end of 2010. These apps show the “greenness” of websites in your own browser, every time you visit a website or search the Internet. Internet users have performed close to two billion checks with the Green Web Apps up to now, monitoring the emergence of The Green Web.

The Green Web Foundation now

In 2020, The Green Web Foundation is a recognized not-for-profit organisation registered in the Netherlands, that is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers located in Germany and The Netherlands. With support from NLnet and our Certified Gold Partners, we publish not only our own code at Github, but try to bring out as many open source tools dealing with under-the-hood greenness of internet-facilities as we can – check out Greenhouse here, an adapted version of Google’s Lighthouse.

How to speed up the transition towards a green Internet?

Our strategy is simple: more checks and more ‘this site is hosted green’-links mean more visibility. Every integration of The Green Web Feed adds additional visibility and is an invitation to companies and suppliers to take green IT more seriously.

Are you longing for that fine green day as well? We need all the help we can get, so get involved and become part of the team together with Chris Adams (Berlin, DE), Jonathan Sundqvist (Frankfurt, DE), AJ Tetteroo (Leiderdorp, NL) and René Post (Wageningen, NL). And check out our Partnership programme to see if your organisation could get involved as well.

If you have any questions about the The Green Web Foundation, please feel free to contact daily manager René Post (rene@the…..webfoundation.org)

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