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.
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.
A 2010 version of this post was titled "No One Can Agree on Typical PUE". I wrote, "As more data centers measure their PUE, managers ask what is typical? The industry does not seem to agree, so a wide range of numbers is 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 2014 data, confirm that the 2012 analysis. The only lower (better) average PUE came from Microsoft.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updates from the Americas (ex-US). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.
The DatacenterDynamics Awards for Europe-Middle East-Africa, Asia-Pacific, and North America all feature a Green Data Center category and we've drawn from the winners for posts over the years. The Latin American and Brazilian awards do not have this category. Does this reflect the lack of Green ICT progress in the region? We've reached out to the DatacenterDynamics folks about why no Green Data Center awards for region.
Click on the 'education' tag and you'll see examples of Green ICT being applied by primary and secondary educational institutions around the world. This post will add more examples in the form of regular updates. Our latest update is about Green Power in American schools.