Belching diesel equipment is not what one imagines when visualizing the Internet and mobile communications. It turns out they play a significant role in ICT's consumption of fossil fuels and emission of GHG.
We've identified almost 17 billion edge devices attached to our global ICT infrastructure. It turns out that the United States has a wide range of recycling rates for the different categories of e-gear. Which is best and which is worst?
We've added newer rankings for mobile and smart phones, but left the original ones below for those looking to reuse an older unit.
The Pacific Island Schools Connectivity, Education, and Solar (PISCES) Project has installed a Solar-in-a-Box kit as a computer lab at a primary school on the island of Udot in the Federated States of Micronesia. The installation illustrates several ways in which Green ICT technologies and practices can deliver ICT to remote areas.
A Microsoft article titled "Reducing Environmental Impact through PC Life Cycle and Configuration Management" explains how the company implements sustainability in purchasing, operating, and disposing of its employee computers.
Microsoft IT has taken a complete PC life cycle management approach to ensure that all employee PCs and peripherals:
We've covered the issue of 'vampire devices": excessive standby power consumption in consumer electronics and other ICT components. As integrated circuits become more power-efficient during operation, their standby power consumption becomes an issue, too. A research group at Japan's Center for Spintronics Integrated Systems and Research Institute of Electrical Communication of Tohoku University together with NEC Corporation (NEC) has developed a standby-power-free large-scale integrated circuit (LSI).
A 2010 version of this post was titled "No One Can Agree on Typical PUE". I wrote, "As more data centers measure their PUE, more and more ask what is typical? The industry does not seem to agree, so a wide range of numbers are out there." I updated the post in 2012 with the latest data, concluding that most data centers still appear to be operating above a PUE of 2.0."
I put the question to Vertatique's global Green ICT community in August 2013 via a tweet: "After years of #GreenICT, is there evidence that most #datacenters now operate below PUE 2.0?". This was one of our most-retweeted, but no one came forward with new evidence. Some replied in the emphatic negative. Hereis the 2012 analysis, which still stands.
Apple Does the Right Thing!
Apple has reversed its EPEAT position in response to feedback like this. VP Bob Mansfield writes, "I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT." Read Mansfield's entire letter.
"Come On, Steve, You Can Do Better" was the title of a post I wrote almost two years ago, questioning why Apple was such a laggard on environmental issues. Since then, Apple has made considerable progress, which we have consistently recognized in our posts. Two issues still tarnish the company's attempt to polish a greener Apple: its off-shore manufacturing and its decision this week to pull its products from EPEAT certification.
How much electricity do the worlds iPads consume? The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) came up with these intriguing statistics and comparisons.
The Bloom Energy Server is a "distributed power generator" that uses fuel cells to convert air and natural gas into electricity. We wrote in 2010 that the 'Bloom Boxes' are "already being used by ICT companies, but not for for mission-critical ICT applications." Now we can report that they are used for applications ranging from television to telecom. Apple and eBay appear to be the most recent ICT customers.