Government entities have an important role to play in encouraging sustainable ICT across all industries. Effective leadership requires internal implementation, as well. The tag at the top of this post - government - helps you easily locate posts containing opportunities for and applications of Green ICT in government operations. (Green ICT in public education is found through the education tag.) Our latest update to this post is about new opportuities for sustainable purchasing in the the European public sector.
The EPEAT Gold database includes over 530 models for the US; Samsung and Toshiba offer the most. Acer is the newest addition to EPEAT Gold notebooks; Sony's notebooks are now only Silver. Lenovo and Samsung offer the most models under Sweden's TCO Development standards.
We could find only one green certification program in our search for the greenest tablets.
Sweden's TCO certifies 5 model lines of Samsung tablets. There is no way of telling if other vendors' products failed certification or if, as TCO claimed about Apple in February 2014, the manufacturer declines to participate. TCO certification includes social as well as environmental criteria.
Upcoming Green ICT conferences and workshops around the world. We just added 2014 events in Guam and San Francisco, United States and in Salerno, Italy and 2015 events in Anaheim, United States, in Berlin, Germany, in Rome, Italy, and in Salamanca, Spain.
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?
We've noted that there has been too little focus on Green ICT in American higher education. This does not mean that colleges and universities in American and around the global aren't making any progress at all - you can click on the 'education' tag above to see examples. We regularly add updates about global higher education in this post -- we just took a look at Green ICT in the Netherlands.
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.
Green-certified computer displays are now too numerous to present in table format. Here is how to find the most sustainable products listed by two certification services.
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, an award-winning Norwegian data center benefiting from on-site hydro and cooling water, and a video about Iceland.
We launched Vertatique with the statistic that data centers consumes ~2% of global electricity production. We now know that the globe's broader ICT energy footprint is ~8%, the majority of which is NOT from data centers. The contribution of communications, driven by explosion of cloud computing and mobile devices, has helped drive the number higher. Here are the facts and figures.
Traditional ICT facilities consume as much energy cooling their gear as powering it the first place. One solution is to re-use the waste heat. Our latest example is shows that even a small data center can re-use heat.