It’s hard to imagine life without Netflix, having become a staple source of entertainment for millions across the world. And, given the unfortunate times we are currently in, more people than ever before are going to be reliant on the service to provide them with a much needed distraction.
Whatever your thoughts are about whether carbon dioxide emissions are a large contributor to the warming trends of our planet, it’s worth examining how energy intensive is the act of streaming of movies and TV shows. An energy comparison website known as SaveonEnergy used official viewership figures to discover what watching Netflix’s top original movies and shows is equivalent to in terms of miles driven by a car, and the amount of CO2 emitted. Is the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) generated from the electricity consumed leaving a devastating impact on the environment?
You can see the full original study here should you wish to dig further down into the data. However, some of the findings from the research include the revealing fact that the energy generated from 80 million views of Birdbox is the equivalent of driving more than 146 million miles and emitting over 66 million kg of carbon dioxide (CO2). Furthermore, the energy produced from 73 million streams of Murder Mystery translates to driving over 104 million miles and generating greater than 47 million kg of CO2, while 64 million views of Stranger Things season three is comparable to more than 420 million driving miles and producing over 189 million kg of CO2. The energy amassed from 45 million views of ‘Umbrella Academy’ is the equivalent of over 364 million driving miles and emitting more than 164 million kg of CO2