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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 remanufactured toner cartridges, telephone systems, and multiple outlet strips.

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).

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.

Green ICT Progress in Primary/Secondary Education

Our latest update is about a missed opportunity for Green ICT purchasing. Click on the 'education' tag and you'll see more examples of Green ICT being applied educational institutions of all levels around the world..

More Efficient Supercomputers

Energy efficiency is becoming more important to supercomputers, as ever more powerful machines consume ever more energy. Japan now leads energy-efficient supercomputing.

The Importance of Location for Green Data Centers

Location is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of ICT facilities. We've been tracking activities which try to leverage geographic features for greener operations. This article focuses on Europe and Asia. (Another focuses on North America.) Our latest update highlights the relationship between renewable energy availability and overall desirability for siting data centers.

Finding the Greenest Digital Signage

Digital signage is now deployed everywhere, but large digital billboards can consume up to 30X the electricity of a typical American home. Despite the grow of digital signage and its environmental footprint, only one organization rates digital signage and only one company gets top marks.

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