Europe has a number of initiatives and conferences focused on the 'C' in "Green ICT'.
TREND is a Network of Excellence on energy-efficient networking funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). TREND describes itself as "a new holistic approach to energy-efficient and sustainable networking."
The ECONET (low Energy COnsumption NETworks) project is a 3-year IP project (running from October 2010 to September 2013) is also funded under FP7, addresses Strategic Objective ICT-2009.1.1 The Network of the Future (Euro-NF). "The ECONET project aims at studying and exploiting dynamic adaptive technologies (based on standby and performance scaling capabilities) for wired network devices that allow saving energy when a device (or part of it) is not used…The overall idea is to introduce novel green network-specific paradigms and concepts enabling the reduction of energy requirements of wired network equipment by 50% in the short to mid-term (and by 80% in the long run)."
GSMA's Global Mobile Awards' Green Mobile Awards are for "mobile industry organisations that are focused on the reduction of environmental impacts through eco-friendly, innovative policies, products, programmes or initiatives, as well as organisations outside of the industry that utilise the mobile platform to communicate, innovate or drive eco-friendly programmes, services and initiatives." Here's a look at the 2009-2012 winners and at the trend toward greener mobile base stations.
Earth911 has created an info-graphic presenting the progress of the EPEAT® program. Among its statistics: the 411+ million registered items purchased since the program began in 2005 have eliminated 8375 tonnes of toxic material that would have be used in the manufacture of unregistered gear. (Summary readers can click "Read more" below to see the full graphic and all its information.)
Apple's 2012 Facilities Report starts off by observing, "We know that as much as 98 percent of our total emissions comes from the greenhouse gas emitted from the production, transport, use, and recycling of products. Our corporate facilities represent 2 percent of our total GHG emissions." This is likely true of many ITC players and why life-cycle impact is Vertatique's focus when it come to e-gear. Here we look at what can we learn about that 2%.
Conferences covering the topic of "green communications" are plentiful this year. Some have March 2012 submission deadlines.
The Judson (TX) Independent School District's Green Computing Initiative (GCI) integrates over a dozen Green ICT tactics into a comprehensive program.
Facebook mentions in passing that its highly efficient Prineville data center uses "Ethernet-powered LED lighting [to] reduce the total energy required to run the facility." Additional information about what exactly Facebook has done is hard to fine. What is Ethernet-powered LED lighting?
Photovoltaic (PV) solar is promising source of on-site renewable electricity generation for ICT infrastructures. Solar PV generates DC power; computers and other e-devices run on DC power. What are the challenges and opportunities?
Excerpts from an address at the International Telecommunications Union's 2011 Green Standards Week sheds light on on Green ICT initiatives within China's communications industry.
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.