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ICT at 10% of Global Electricity Consumption?

The Digital Power Group said in August 2013 that global ICT consumes ~1,500 TWh of electricity annually, ~10% of the world's annual generation. This is the much greater that the 2% number commonly cited six years ago when Vertatique was launched. How did we get from there to here? And, is 10% a credible number?

This is not the first time I have seen the 10% number. It was cited in the promotion for a 2009 green communications conference in Germany. I've asked the source of both these 10% numbers for detailed breakdowns. Let's take a look at what we already know until we hear back.

RoHS and Biomedical Devices

The line between "devices" and "IT" is quickly fading as these two categories merge. Hospitals are a good example. In the late 20th century, many hospitals had two technology departments: "biomed" and "computers". As biomedical devices have becoming increasingly digital and networked, and as IT moves onto mobile devices, many hospitals have consolidated these operations into a single technology organization. A consequence is that Green ICT embraces medical devices and their infrastructures. Our original 2010 post noted that medical equipment sold into the European Union was exempt from the Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive, but that would be changing. There is now a firm 2014 date.

Wikipedia Citations

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Container-Based ICT For Developing Countries cited as a reference in Wikipedia entry about ZubaBoxes, a community computer center for remote areas made from a shipping container (Aug 2013).

Carbon Footprint of a DVD cited as a reference in Wikipedia entry about EcoDisc (Sep 2010).

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a Key Green ICT Tool

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is emerging as an important mechanism to ensure more sustainable ICT gear. Here is a review of what EPR is and who is implementing it.

Early Green Data Centers

The industry has been striving to green data centers for some time. Here are some of pioneers from 2002 through 2009.

Household Electronics Energy Use Outweighs More Efficient Appliances

Traditional household appliances have become more energy efficient in the past forty years, but households have not. The growing use of electronics plays a major role in the failure to benefit from more efficient appliances.

Will the Tax Man Force Mega Data Centers to Literally Go Mobile?

Mega data centers are booming but operators from Microsoft to the NSA are learning something about the 'bust' side of the equation. It turns out big data centers can be big targets for the tax man.

Storage Represents a Green ICT Opportuity

Much Green ICT focuses on computers: servers in the data center and desktops in the office. Don't forget that disk-based data storage, which can cost an organization $25/GB/month, also offers opportunities. Here's a look at the progress manufacturers and users have been making in recent years to manage data storage's energy consumption. The storage capacity of the United States National Security Agency's (NSA) new data center in Utah is a powerful reminder of the role storage plays in ICT facilities.

Newsweek's Green Rankings: ICT Continues to Lead Media and Others

ICT businesses continue to dominate Newsweek's 2012 Green Rankings of the top 500 US public companies, as they did in 2009-11 (see below). All five top 5 companies are in ICT sectors this year: IBM (#1), Hewlett-Packard (#2), Sprint Nextel (#3), and Dell (#4), CA Technologies (#5). All told, ICT sectors dominated the top 20 with a record 13 positions.

Greenest Telecom Providers

A number of sustainability rankings in the US and Europe let us take a look at how telecom providers perform compared to each other and to broader tech sectors. Sprint-Nextel is best in the United States. Sprint's take-back program was ranked tops in the US in 2012 and was the only carrier in the top quartile of Greenpeace's 2013 Cool IT Leaderboard. France Telecom, KPN and Vodafone have received consistently good marks with global rankings.

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