We're increasingly seeing data centers promote, and customers respond to, Green ICT features. Here are some customer perspectives and the results of a industry survey that reveals geographical differences.
Apple published the environmental specs for the new MacBook Pro with the product release, today.
British mobile services provider O2 has produced statistics about the carbon footprint of individual activities such as a phone call and a data download. This came from the company's effort to become the first carrier to independently certify its carbon footprint. Information like this is important to organizations wishing to account for emissions from their cloud use in carbon audits.
Evidence of Green ICT on the information and telecommunications industries is everywhere. Gear is becoming more energy efficient, renewable energy is increasingly in favor, and product content and lifecycles are starting to be scrutinized. So what defines "eco" gear in 2012?
Few American states have mandatory e-waste recycling laws for consumer media devices other than TVs; Colorado is the latest to do so. Pennsylvania's new law covers e-readers, but that's about it.
Disposal of satellite television dishes is the latest concern but few jurisdictions require recycling. The New York Times reports, "Many say the dishes end up in landfills, polluting the environment…The Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association is challenging [local removal ordinances]." We estimate there are almost 200 million satellite TV dishes worldwide.
Apple's 2012 Facilities Report provided detail on on the sustainability features, ranging from 'free air' cooling to real-time power monitoring, in Apple's Maiden (NC-USA) data center. A more recent report commits to 100% renewable energy.
A Pike Research report says that the trend to greener data centers will yield a significant GHG slowdown as well as drive a substantial market opportunity. Here are some of the top-line numbers from Pike.
Visits to the 2011 and 2012 National Associations of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show and conference yielded a pointed lesson in the importance of green innovators telling their stories early and vigorously.
Measuring the carbon or greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of an organization is a sophisticated undertaking. Traditional audit methodologies allow participants to "reduce" their footprints through externally-hosted IT and through "cloud" (SaaS) applications. This needs to change as more organizations become ICT-intensive.
Samsung's transparent LCD panel "utilizes ambient light such as sunlight, which consequently reduces the power required since there is no backlight...The transparent LCD panels have a high transmittance rate, which enables a person to look right through the panel like glass, and it consumes 90% less electricity compared with a conventional LCD panel using back light unit." Samsug's panels won a Eco-Design and Sustainable Technologies award at CES 2012.