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IEEE's Green ICT Initiatives

IEEE describes itself as "the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology." We regularly cite its magazine, IEEE Spectrum, on this site. Here is an update of IEEE initiatives relevant to Green ICT.

Green ICT Conferences

Upcoming Green ICT conferences and workshops around the world. We just added a 2015 event in Nassau, The Bahamas.

We have also included links to past conferences to aid your search for Green ICT materials.

Quiz: Which region has the most Green ICT conferences?

EPEAT Under Threat No More

We have been covering EPEAT - America's global registration program for green ICT gear - since 2008. EPEAT is referenced in ~40 posts on this site. A policy change by United States government recently threatened the program's roll in Federal purchasing. That policy has now been reversed.

Will Liquid-Cooled Computers Make a Comeback?

Liquid cooling was once a staple of large-scale computing, but has largely been replaced by air cooling. We identified several efforts to bring liquid cooling to the server world in our first version of this post in 2012 and have seen continuous progress since. Here is the latest news.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2015

We haven't given much thought lately to calculators, as this function built into most feature phones and all smartphones. German eco-certifier Blue Angel does think about them and has certified 16 models of solar-power calculators from Casio, Citizen, Dieter, Moravia, Staples, and Texas Instruments. Blue Angel cites these models for "use of renewable energies, high level of serviceability, reduced use of contaminant-containing batteries."

The Importance of Location for Green Data Centers

Location is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of ICT facilities. We've been tracking facilities in North American and Europe which try to leverage geographic features for greener operations. Our latest examples include a data center in Washington state the touts both green power and seismic safety, Apple benefiting from its Nevada (US) site's underground water and low risk of natural disasters, an award-winning Norwegian data center benefiting from on-site hydro and cooling water, and a video about Iceland.

Conflict Minerals and the Hidden Cost of e-Devices

Our e-devices contain all sorts of exotic materials, many of which, like tungsten, tantalum, and tin, are refined from ores that originate in Central Africa. Called "conflict minerals", they fund warfare in the Congo and neighboring countries. More people are said have been killed here than any conflict since World War Two. Progress is being made, but legal setbacks and weak laws are slowing efforts. The latest critiicisms focus on proposed EU regulations.

Apple in China

were critical of Apple's environmental stance a few years ago, saying that the company was positioned to be a leader rather than a a foot-dragger. Since then, the company has made significant strides, such as improvements to its take-back recycling programs*. On the downside, issues about its Chinese contract manufacturing operations have been slow to be resolved. Recent actions toward addressing labor issues need to be matched with ones addressing environmental issues. Factory pollution takes a toll on both workers and neighbors and a July 2013 report alleges problems still persist. Yet Apple continues to improve its environmental position in China - producing solar power is its latest initative.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

The search for the greenest TVs continues to be challanging. EPEAT added televisions to its equipment registry in early 2013. We had anticipated this would bring some clarity to this category. There were significantly less Gold-registered televisions April 2014, compared with computer monitors, but we saw that to be a good start. We were wrong.

Finding the Greenest Desktops

Eleven manufacturers are offering over 230 models of desktop computers in the EPEAT USA Gold database, about the same number as a year ago. Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Apple offer the most choices.

Sweden's TCO Development certified 32 products, down from a high of 80. Most manufacturers appear to have dropped out of TCO certification in this category; only Hewlett Packard and Lenovo now participate.

Germany's Blue Angel only lists models from Fujitsu.

Acer/Gateway and Phillips no longer offer qualifying models and have been removed from the list. Wyse is new to the list this year.

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