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Global Green ICT Update: Americas

Updates from the Americas (ex-USA). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.

A January 2018 article in Bloomberg identifies Canada as a potential location for miners of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. "The global power needed to create cryptocurrencies this year could...be a growth driver for renewable energy producers from the U.S. to China...One eager entrant is Hydro-Quebec, Canada’s biggest electric utility. It’s in 'very advanced' talks with more than 30 cryptocurrency miners -- many of them currently operating in China -- and expects to announce agreements in 2018...Within four years, Hydro-Quebec envisions miners soaking up about five terawatt-hours of power annually -- equivalent to about 300,000 Quebec homes -- from the surplus created by the region’s hydroelectric dams." Hydroelectric power is attractive to cryptocurrency miners not necessarily because it is renewable energy but because governments often sell the power at below-market rates.

Finding the Greenest Office Equipment

Many of the Green ICT certification and registration sites cover categories of office equipment other than the major ones for which we publish separate articles. (See list to the right.) We just added shredders, calculators, and keyboards.

Green ICT In Our Own Communities

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I was reminded of this during a rural bicycle ride, when I saw some abandoned e-waste. Seven weeks after trying to alert public and private entities, the toxic waste is still there.

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, enough to consume more ICT energy than 'core' infrastructure such as data centers. The latest update to these counts is consumer IoT.

Intel, Microsoft, Google, Apple & Cisco in EPA Green Power Partnership Top Ten

(Update: We added information about how Microsoft is using it's data center to enhance local grid reliability.)

Following release of the 2017 Top 100 (below), the EPA has now announced its 2017 Green Power Leadership Awards. Google, Microsoft, Apple and Intel were the ICT companies recognized. These four companies have regularly garnered EPA Green Power Leadership Awards since 2008. Where are Amazon, Facebook, telecoms, and other major ICT players?

Greener Packaging for ICT Gear

ICT gear has relied heavily on polystyrene foam packaging, often called 'styrofoam'. Polystyrene is essentially non-biodegradable and rarely recycled. Creative alternatives are beginning to emerge.

Green ICT Conferences

The most comprehensive directory of Green ICT conferences, workshops and other events around the world. Latest addition is an event in Lebanon.

Green ICT Conferences Plunge Worldwide

The number of Green ICT conferences and workshops plunged 32% in 2017, almost disappearing from North America and Asia/Pacific. Europe usually hosts more events than do other regions, but accounted for a record 76% in 2017. We counted sixteen events for Europe in 2017, one more than the previous top years of 2013 and 2016.

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?

Green ICT Innovations

Researchers and businesses are advancing innovative ideas with potential for mainstream Green ICT. These range from products and services available today to futuristic concepts for tomorrow. The latest looks at research an in India tackling the problem of dirty telecom.

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