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.
London's Green Screen report offers a broadcast case study on how cutting e-waste also saves money. "A major news studio was annually spending c£25K on disposable batteries to power the wireless talk back units used by floor managers... following a successful trial, it was discovered that battery technology has evolved sufficiently to provide the necessary reliability, and senior management sanctioned the switch over. The investment in suitable rechargeable batteries cost £1.5K, and is delivering per annum savings of around £23K." Note that this is a 15X ROI in just the first year.
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 Apple benefiting from its Nevada (US) site's underground water and low risk of natural disasters, a satellite broadcaster favoring Wyoming's cool weather, an award-winning Norwegian data center benefiting from on-site hydro and cooling water, and a video about Iceland.
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.
Looking for the greenest television set? We've had to sort through a complex set of resources in the past to help you buy that green TV. EPEAT added televisions to its equipment registry in early 2013. We had anticipated this would bring some clarity to this category, but manufacturers do not appear to be embracing it. There are only 120+ television monitors registered at any level, compared with 660+ computer monitors.
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.
A number of sustainability rankings in the US and Europe let us take a look at how telecom providers perform compared to each other and to broader tech sectors. Sprint-Nextel is best in the United States. Sprint's take-back program was ranked tops in the US in 2012 and was the only carrier in the top quartile of Greenpeace's 2013 Cool IT Leaderboard. France Telecom, KPN and Vodafone have received consistently good marks with global rankings.
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. I concluded that the 2012 analysis, below, still stands.
A Pike Research report says that the trend to greener data centers will yield a significant GHG slowdown as well as drive a substantial market opportunity. Here are some of the top-line numbers from Pike.
I wrote of the launch of Canada's GreenStar Network over two years ago. The announcement of an Asian node late last year in this "zero-carbon" network is a measure of the project's progress since then.
CME Group Index Services publishes the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. Which ICT companies perform best on the 2011 Indexes?