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Sustainability in design and use of electronic devices

Vertatique's Green e-Device initiative advances the reduction of energy, waste, and carbon
in the design, use, and disposal of electronic devices in all industries.

Mining E-Waste

Our latest update looks at the potential value of the e-waste recycling market and at the challenges nanoscale ICT poses to realizing that potential.

Finding the Greenest Tablets

The availability of tablets suitable for Green ICT purchasing continues to improve, with nine manufacturers offering over one hundred top-ranked models.

Finding the Greenest Mobile Phones

Resources for responsible phone purchasing have improved significantly. In our latest update, a manufacturer's up-cycling program collaborates with hacker space innovators.

Finding the Greenest Set-top Boxes

The US ENERGY STAR program looks only at energy efficiency and not other sustainability factors. Eleven set-top boxes (STBs) from four manufacturers came in at less than 44W or less in the program's Total Energy Consumption (TEC) metric. The absence this time of several manufacturers who had previously registered models under 30W makes this a shorter list. Apple TV* is by far and away the most efficient, helped by its very low stand-by power consumption.

The European Union has a program for STB energy efficiency and we've listed the manufacturers that signed its Code of Conduct.

How Long Do We Keep Our Devices?

It is difficult to get reliable data on how long we hold onto the 24 billion edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Diverse device types and cultural practices complicate the issue. So do changing purchase and lease plans. Here is our latest calculation on the average in-service life of a mobile device.

What Is Attached to Our Global ICT Infrastructure?

How much gear is attached our global ICT infrastructure? Our 2017 inventory counts almost over 24 billion 'edge' items, The latest update to these counts is consumer Internet of Things (IoT).

How Many Billion IoT Devices by 2020?

We have counted ~20 billion devices attached to our global ICT infrastructure. Some of these, particularly consumer media devices, are considered to be Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices.
IoT has all the Green ICT issues of any tech segment. How many IoT devices will we see deployed in the next few years?

Apple TV 4K Environmental Specs

The Apple TV set-top box (STB), which I own, has always been very energy efficient. It is consistently at top the of EPA's ENERGY STAR STB ratings.

The newest Apple TV, the "4K" model, is not yet in the ENERGY STAR database, so we don't know if new features affected the box's power consumption. Apple does prove the following information in its tech specs:

How Green is Wearable Tech?

We raised questions about the GreenICT implications of wearable technology four years ago. There seems to have been little effort made by wearable tech creators since then to address sustainability issue. A recent article from battery recycler Call2Recycle again sounds the warning.

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