The Latest Vertatique News & Insights

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.

Global Green ICT Update: Africa-Middle East

Updates from Africa and the Middle East. Our most recent is about and Arabic-language Green ICT webinar. Click on 'ME-Africa' tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2015

In Africa, the total e-waste generation was 1.9 Mt in 2014...The top three African countries with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are Egypt (0.37 Mt), South Africa (0.35 Mt) and Nigeria (0.22 Mt). The top three African countries with the highest e-waste generation in relative quantities are Equatorial Guinea (10.8 kg/inh.), Seychelles (10.9 kg/inh.) and Mauritius (9.3 kg/inh.). In contrast with these relatively wealthy countries, the whole continent only generates 1.7 kg/inh. of e-waste domestically (excluding imports) annually.

This is from a UN University report. The growth of locally-generaed e-waste in rapidly developing economies clearly demonstrates that #ICT4D needs #GreenICT.

E-waste / Cyber Waste

"E-waste" and "cyber waste" describe the unwanted systems and components of our industry. Green organizations and facilities mitigate their e-waste impacts by repurposing and recycling equipment when scheduled for replacement. Despite all the focus on e-waste over the past decade, it continues to pollute communities around the world and threatens global ICT infrastructures. Yet no one cal agree on how much is actually out there.

Who Offers ENERGY STAR Servers?

Twelve manufacturers offer ENERGY STAR® qualified servers, down from seventeen in 2013. Symantec and Unify are the latest to offer products. Energy consumption is only one criteria for choosing the greenest server, but there are no comprehensive ratings of green servers.

Finding the Greenest Computer Monitors

Green-certified computer displays are now too numerous to present in table format. Here is how to find the most sustainable displays, including projectors, listed by two certification services.

Finding the Greenest Printers

Four manufactures offer over 150 EPEAT Gold models in the United States. This is a significant improvement over a year ago. Lanier and Savin now offer EPEAT Gold models and both top the list with most models, closely followed by Konica/Minolta. Epson appears to no longer offer EPEAT Gold models.

Finding the Greenest Notebooks

The EPEAT Gold database includes 389 models for the US. This represents a drop of ~30% over a year ago. The biggest drops came from Toshiba (-47%) and Samsung (-76%), the companies that offer the most models a year ago. Toshiba is still a model count leader, along with HP and Apple. The latter two companies increased their models counts in the past year.

EPEAT Under Threat

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 recent change in policy direction by United States goverment now threatens the program.

Will Future ICT Product Availability Be Threatened by Resource Insecurity?


ICT gear depends on materials whose supply is increasingly affected by environmental and political factors. This gives rise to a complex set of issues ranging from resource scarcity to conflict minerals.

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