Green Software Design - Label
Green software makes an important contribution towards climate protection. For end customers and the public, however, it is not apparent whether climate protection played a role in the software development. This is the reason for the Green Software Design label. It identifies software that has been consistently developed according to the best practices of Green Software Design. Consumers can therefore notice and appreciate this effort and take it into account when making purchasing decisions.
In addition to membership in the Green Software Design community, the label is another way in which companies can visibly contribute to the promotion of sustainable software development. Because improving your own software engineering is crucial, but it is not visible outside your company. Green Software Design, however, is too important to hide it.Therefore, it should be made visible in a serious and comprehensible way where it has an impact: in the software developed in this way.
The label may only be used for software or companies that have gone through the award process and successfully passed the test. It is awarded to
- software developed in line with Green Software Design
- companies whose software development is based on Green Software Design.
If the label is awarded to a software, it is allowed to be displayed in the software itself, as well as in the material accompanying the software, such as when presenting the software in app stores. If the label is awarded to a company, it may be used in corporate communications, including on external media such as job boards.
In both cases, the label may be used in the company’s sustainability reports.
The label may function as a link, leading either to a company page or to a dedicated page on greensoftwaredesign.com. Detailed information can be stored here, e.g. on the software carbon footprint or the carbon-neutrality of the software (which can be achieved together with offsetting if necessary).
Normal further development in accordance with the procedures used is possible without any restrictions. However, in the event of significant changes to the software, particularly with regard to architecture and technology, the label loses its validity (or must be confirmed by a new audit).