I have heard high level statistics and headlines around

blockchain uses more energy than the Netherlands

I am interested to compare this quantitatively to other utilities, for example email and social media.

How much energy does all the world's emails use?

Another way to think of this: how much energy would be saved if everyone immediately stopped sending emails, and they didn't use any substitute for emails?

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    $\begingroup$ IT is doing its bit for sustainability: they are reusing packets. (Joke). $\endgroup$ – Solar Mike Mar 28 at 7:00
  • $\begingroup$ So the bit-bucket goes to recycling now. Do I have to segregate ones and zeros? $\endgroup$ – Phil Sweet Mar 28 at 10:11
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    $\begingroup$ I'm sure all the HD video flying around has nothing to do with it either... $\endgroup$ – Pete W Mar 28 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ @PeteW energy from HD Video consumption would probably be a more interesting question! Next time.. $\endgroup$ – stevec Mar 28 at 13:19

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