Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media. See much more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.
BS 8909:2011 is the United Kingdom's specification for a sustainability management system for film. "BS 8909 can be applied across the film supply chain from planning to production, through to editing, distribution, screening and archiving." I was disappointed that none of the the four case studies provided dealt with any ICT sustainability. ICT is critical to the entire contemporary 'film' workflow, from digital cinematography to digital cinema. We added a link to the specification (and its case studies) to our Sustainable Media Production Practices page.
We are a USA-based initiative, so we publish in English. There is a growing wealth of Green ICT material in other languages. This is a directory of the references on Vertatique to non-english resources.
is a rich global mix of advanced concepts and technologies emerging from research labs that may improve the future sustainability of ICT equipment and infrastructures. We regularly update this post with technologies of interest. (You can see all the technologies which hold the promise of greener ICT in the future by clicking the 'FutureTech' tag, above.) Our latest posts span research into biological agents that can recover gold from e-waste to multiferroic materials to reduce device waste heat. (And don't miss a video highlighting research into using human urine to power a mobile device!)
Green ICT is serious business, but it does not have to be solemn. We periodically take a look at the humorous and the quirky and, in this post, Green ICT-themed art and crafts. The most recent piece is a e-waste grave.
Companies and individuals are advancing innovative ideas for more sustainable products. These range from products and services available today to futuristic concepts for tomorrow. Our latest are a computer built with 100% recycled plastic and negative-carbon laptop packaging.
Supercomputer manufacturers have always vied to build the most powerful machine. Recently, they have sought to increase energy efficiency, as well. Yet innovation appears to be slowing. The most recent ranking still shows the top performer to be China's Tianhe-2, a position it obtained in June 2013. (Tianhe translates as "Milky Way" in English.) An american supercomputer installed in Switzerland is the most energy-effieicnt of the Top 10 machines.
Workplace social site Cafe Quill has published GreenHab the Office infogrpahic (below). It has many good practices; we're were particularly glad to be reminded of one of the more mundane but still important aspects of Green ICT. And the reminder came with a shocking statistic!
GSMA has published a report and a couple of infographics about e-waste in Latin America. The infographics are displayed in full, below. This report is sign of growing Green CT awareness in the region.
The full report - GSMA's May 2014 report "eWaste en América Latina- is published in spanish, but an executive summary and one of the inforgraphics is available in english. Here are some highlights.
A 2010 version of this post was titled "No One Can Agree on Typical PUE". I wrote, "As more data centers measure their PUE, more and more ask what is typical? The industry does not seem to agree, so a wide range of numbers are out there." I updated the post in 2012 with the latest data, concluding that most data centers still appear to be operating above a PUE of 2.0."
I put the question to Vertatique's global Green ICT community in August 2013 via a tweet: "After years of #GreenICT, is there evidence that most #datacenters now operate below PUE 2.0?". This was one of our most-retweeted, but no one came forward with new evidence. Some replied in the emphatic negative. Three years of very enlightening survey results from Digital Realty, including the newly-posted 2014 data, confirm that the 2012 analysis, below, still stands - PUE of less than 2.0 remains an elusive goal for many data centers.
GSMA has published a report and infographics about e-waste in Latin America. The portuguese infographic is displayed in full, below. There has been little Green ICT awareness in the region, so this is a very positive sign.