Policy and Aims
The Green Software Foundation’s Manifesto is the public facing declaration of the policy and aims of the Foundation. It describes the set of core values of the Foundation and how we operationalise those values. It is used to both inform and guide the decisions and behaviours of the people inside the Foundation and signal to external stakeholders what's important to the Foundation.
Build a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling and best practices for creating and building green software.
Change the culture of building software across the tech industry, so sustainability becomes a core priority to software teams, just as important as performance, security, cost and accessibility.
The Foundation's mission is to reduce the total change in global carbon emissions associated with software. When evaluating choices we choose the option that advocates for abatement (reducing emissions) not neutralisation (offsetting emissions).
We will consider how to minimise carbon emissions in every decision we make around how we conduct ourselves operationally and the standards and technology we create and use.
If there is no trust in the Foundation's output, it won't have the influence needed and will fail its core mission. When evaluating choices we choose the option that increases trust in the Foundation.
Engage with empathy
Ensuring that all of our members and contributors feel that they can actively contribute will ensure that we create an environment that promotes belonging and will lead to better outcomes.
Be inclusive and open to all
Achieving the mission of the Green Software Foundation requires us to act with fairness to all members and be inclusive of diverse perspectives. Operationalise:
Hold ourselves accountable
Accountability builds trust and ensures that all members, stakeholders, and contributors feel that the Green Software Foundation is a community where we uphold our values and ensure safety, professionalism, and inclusion.Operationalise:
What is Green Software?
There are two broad ways of looking at software: software as part of the climate problem and software as part of the climate solution. Building green software, and doing it to scale requires the creation of a trusted ecosystem of people, standards, tooling and best practices. The mission of Green Software Foundation is exactly that.
We want software to become part of the climate solution, rather than be part of the climate problem. This is why we are focusing on reducing the negative impacts of software on our climate by reducing the carbon emissions that software is responsible for emitting.
Software can also be an enabler of climate solutions. Software can be built to help accelerate decarbonization across all sectors in industry and society. We need people and organizations to focus on both aspects: of making green software and green-enabling software. But our primary focus is on creating an ecosystem for developing green software.
The Green Software Foundation is a non-profit and has been created for the people who are in the business of building software. We are tasked with giving them answers about what they can do to reduce the software emissions they are responsible for.
Our focus is reduction, not neutralization. One gram of carbon not emitted into our atmosphere is not the same as one gram of carbon that has been offset. By far the more preferable goal is to never have emitted the carbon in the first place.
Reduction is more challenging than offsetting. It entails more risk and more investment. To mitigate that risk and incentive investment into reduction, we need to grow an ecosystem of people, standards, tooling, and best practices for the reduction of carbon emissions of software. The Foundation's mission is to nurture that ecosystem.
Our view is that there are only three actions that reduce the carbon emissions of software:
Using energy more intelligently means either consuming lower-carbon sources of energy or consuming electricity in a way that helps accelerate the energy transition towards a low carbon future.
Everything that you can do that reduces the carbon emissions of software falls into one or more of the above categories. The Foundation's mission is to encourage more of these actions to be taken across the software industry.
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