Ian Harrison
Ian Harrison DBmarlin technical writer and consultant

Tune your database to fight climate change

Tune your database to fight climate change

Global climate change is a growing concern for many individuals and organizations around the world. As we become more aware of the impact of human activity on the environment, it is important to consider how we can reduce our carbon footprint in all areas of life.

According to this report, ICT as a whole has now exceeded the airline industry at between 2 and 4% of global CO2 emissions. The paper warns that new trends in computing and ICT such as big data and AI, the Internet of Things, as well as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, risk driving further substantial growth in ICT’s greenhouse gas footprint.

As individuals, the problem of climate change can often feel too big and outside of our control. While we can’t affect everything, we can each do our own bit to help in both our personal decisions and the decisions we make at work. If your job includes responsibility for managing intensive IT resources such as database servers, then read on.

The good news is, that effective database monitoring and tuning strategies can have a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the fight against climate change. Not only that, but while doing this, you can also reduce your cloud or hardware costs, reduce your utility bills and improve end-user experience.

The positive impact of database monitoring and tuning

Database monitoring allows you to identify and address performance issues that can lead to excessive energy usage. For example, a poorly optimized database may require more processing power and cooling, which in turn requires more energy. By monitoring your database and making necessary optimizations, you can reduce energy consumption and lower your carbon footprint.

In addition to reducing energy consumption, database performance monitoring can also improve resource utilization. By identifying and addressing issues such as inefficient queries or unused indexes, you can ensure that your database is operating at its highest efficiency. This means that you are utilizing your resources to their fullest potential, which in turn reduces waste and promotes sustainability.

Another benefit of effective database performance monitoring is reduced hardware waste. When a database is not performing optimally, organizations may be tempted to upgrade their hardware to improve performance. However, this often results in perfectly functional hardware being discarded prematurely. By monitoring and optimizing your database, you can extend the life of your hardware and reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.


Database performance monitoring and tuning can have a positive impact on the environment and contribute to the fight against global climate change. By reducing energy consumption, improving resource utilization, and reducing hardware waste, organizations can reduce their carbon footprint and promote sustainability. As we continue to look for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, it is important to consider all areas of life – including our databases.

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