The Green Algorithms project

The Green Algorithms project aims at raising awareness about the carbon footprint of computational research, as well as providing researchers with a practical online tool to estimate their own emissions.

For a quick overview, check out this short piece in BCS’s IT Now and also 10 simple rules to make your computing more environmentally sustainable.

The Green Algorithms method paper has been published in Advanced Science (pdf here) and we published a blog article for HDR-UK about this project.

We also investigated the the carbon footprint of Bioinformatics in more details, now published in Molecular Biology & Evolution (pdf here).

If you prefer a talk, check out this recording of the “Computational Biology Going Green” special session at ISMB/ECCB 2021.

:speech_balloon: If you are interested in this project and would like to mitigate the carbon footprint at your institution, please do get in touch! LL582 (at)

Screenshots of the Green Algorithms calculator

The Green Algorithm project is a joint effort with Jason Grealey and Michael Inouye.