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Hydro-Powered ICT

We've covered the appeal of hydroelectric power for ICT since 2009, when we noted the attraction of low-cost, low-carbon hydro in the United States' Columbia River Valley and other locations. We continue to see more hydro-powered ICT emerge around the world.

Facebook sited a data center in Lulea, Sweden based on plentiful hydro for power and Arctic air for cooling.

What Customers Look For In A Green ICT Facility

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.

Carbon Footprint of Mobile Services

British mobile services provider O2 has produced statistics[1] 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[2].

How Eco is "Eco" Gear?

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 States Require Recycling of Consumer Media Equipment

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 Data Center

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.

Impact of Green Data Centers

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.

Green Evolution Means Green Innovators Can't Be Shy

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.

Legacy Carbon Auditing Obscures the Impact of the Cloud

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.

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