Is Binge-Watching Bad for the Planet? Netflix Finally Answers

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WHAT’S WORSE FOR the planet? Driving to the supermarket for your weekly shopping or spending all day on Zoom calls while binging The Office on repeat? Now, finally, we have an answer. Sort of.

For the first time, Netflix has revealed specific details about its carbon footprint. Using a tool called DIMPACT, developed by researchers at the University of Bristol, Netflix claims that one hour of streaming on its platform in 2020 used less than 100 grams of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent)—that’s less than driving an average car a quarter…


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