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Cryptocurrency Mining Is a Significant Component of ICT Electricity Consumption

We've tracked the growing environmental impact of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin since 2013. Use of cheap hydro and geothermal electricity, which have a lower GHG footprint, has been a key feature of much bitcoin mining. Now, people are stealing whatever electricity wherever they can.

Apple Report on Creating a Greener Global Supply Chain

Apple's 2018 Supplier Responsibility 2018 Progress Report list several accomplishments toward greening the ICT supply chain, including conflict minerals, water, landfill waste and carbon emissions.

Who Offers Greenest Servers?


The availability of ENERGY STAR servers has increased dramatically since we first looked in 2015, but there has been little increase over 2017. Over twenty companies offer qualified models: 249 in the United States and 229 in Canada.

EPEAT lists servers for the first time, but its more comprehensive environmental assessment shows servers have a long way to go.

Finding the Greenest Computer Monitors and Projectors

There are hundreds of green-certified computer displays available and available models in most categories have increased since 2017. Here is how to find the most sustainable displays, including projectors, listed by international certification services.

Green ICT In Our Own Communities


e-waste CRT
Rural E-Waste #1 - December 2017
 
e-waste CRT plus other waste
Rural E-Waste #1 - 10 Months Later
 
2 e-waste CRTs
Rural E-Waste #2 - May 2018
 
e-waste: CRT & flat screen
Rural E-Waste #3 - October 2018
Removed within a week!

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I've been documenting a steady increase in local rural e-waste since April 2018. The good news is that the City of Madison, the juristiction responsible for the location of #3, acted quickly to remove the e-waste. The bad news is that no jurisdiction wants to take ownership for #1 and #2, even though #1 had been in place for almost a year.

Carbon Footprint Of Streaming

We've take a look over the years at the carbon footprints of everything from Second Life to DVDs. Now we take a look at media streaming services like Netflix.

Green ICT Conferences

The most comprehensive directory of Green ICT conferences, workshops and other events around the world. Latest additions are an event in Athens and a webinar.

Vertatique now has a listing of calls for papers for Green ICT publications.


Does Green ICT Gear Harbor Spyware?

Sometimes Green ICT intersects with other news in surprising ways. Bloomberg reports that an "...attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple, by compromising America’s technology supply chain..." The article, The Big Hack, claims that an energy-efficient server board may be the culprit.

Finding the Greenest Desktops

A look at major certification programs in the United States and Europe shows a significant increase in the number of certified models over the past few years. Desktops, workstations, and related configurations are a declining market, so it is a positive sign that manufacturers are still certifying their latest products.

University Town Illustrates the Flaws in America's Consumer E-waste Handling



E-waste Collection at UW-Madison Moving Days - 2016

We've show how, in my locality, America's approach to consumer e-waste provides dis-incentives to rural residents. This post shows the same dynamic at play with university students. But the city did temporarily remove one barrier during a flood.

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