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Finding the Greenest Mobile Phones

We've added newer rankings for mobile and smart phones, but left the original ones below for those looking to reuse an older unit.

How Microsoft Manages Computer Lifecycle Sustainability

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:

Standby Power Is an Issue at the IC Scale, Too

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).

How Much Electricity Do iPads Consume?

How much electricity do the worlds iPads consume? The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) came up with these intriguing statistics and comparisons.

Green When It is Hot: Data Centers and Solar Energy

Vertatique posts have covered the attraction of locations that offer renewable energy, typically a combination of hydroelectric power and free air cooling from a temperate/cold climate. But about data centers in sunny climates? The question provided a good opportunity to check in on solar photovoltaic electricity (solar PV) back in 2009.

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.

Enviro Specs for Latest Apple MacBook Pro

Apple published the environmental specs for the new MacBook Pro with the product release, today.

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?

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