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Green ICT Art and Craft

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.

Green ICT Innovations

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.

More Efficient Supercomputers

Tianhe-2 Chinese SupercomputerSupercomputer 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.

Most Printer Cartridges Still Not Recycled

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!

The Scope of eWaste in Latin America

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.

PUE Still Above 2.0 for Most Data Centers

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.

eWaste in Latin-America: Portuguese-Language Resources

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.

eWaste in Latin America: Spanish-Language Resources

GSMA has published a Spanish-language report and infographic about e-waste in Latin America. The infographic is displayed in full, below. There has been little Green ICT awareness in the region, so this is a very positive sign.

Global Green ICT Update: Africa-Middle East

Updates from Africa and the Middle East. Our most recent is about and Arabic-language Green ICT webinar. Click on 'ME-Africa' tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2014

A March 2014 Green ICT webinar in Arabic covered a comprehensive set of topics. This is a very positive developement because we have seen little coming out of the Middle East in the way of Green ICT awareness. Nabil Eid of the Telecentre.org Foundation shared a PDF of the webinar slides, attached to the bottom of this post.

Why Media Is a Important Part of Green ICT

Our definition of ICT is very inclusive. Every industry that deploys digital infrastructure is in the mix. Broadcast television, for example, has ICT-intensive facilities (stations, studios, etc.), global-spanning communications networks, and edge products (TVs) in over a billion homes. The global television audience is greater than the smartphone base - and will be that way even in 2020!

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