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Apple TV 4K Environmental Specs

The Apple TV set-top box (STB), which I own, has always been very energy efficient. It is consistently at top the of EPA's ENERGY STAR STB ratings.

The newest Apple TV, the "4K" model, is not yet in the ENERGY STAR database, so we don't know if new features affected the box's power consumption. Apple does prove the following information in its tech specs:

Finding the Greenest Set-top Boxes

The US ENERGY STAR program looks only at energy efficiency and not other sustainability factors. Eleven set-top boxes (STBs) four manufacturers came in at less than 44W or less in the program's Total Energy Consumption (TEC) metric. The absence this time of several manufacturers who had previously registered models under 30W makes this a shorter list. Apple TV* is by far and away the most efficient, helped by its very low stand-by power consumption.

Mega Data Centers

We haven't updated this post in a while, so thought it would be a good opportunity to look at new mega-facilities. The latest addition is the Linkedin Infomart facility in Oregon USA.

Apple's Supplier Clean Energy Program

The Apple Environmental Responsibility Report is always interesting reading. A focus of the 2017 edition is clean energy in the product supply chain. This means less embedded carbon in Apple products.

Finding the Greenest Printers

There is no excuse for an American business or individual not to purchase a GreenICT printer. There are over 1700 models to choose from in the United States. The options are fewer in the rest of the world.

Green When It is Hot: Data Centers and Solar Energy

We noted earlier the challenges faced by facilities seeking to use on-site solar. Facilities now look to purchase solar energy from off-site providers. A very large procurement is for a Google data center in the Netherlands, a country not known for extremely sunny weather.

Green ICT in Government

Government entities have an important role to play in encouraging sustainable ICT across all industries. Effective leadership requires internal implementation, as well. The tag at the top of this post - 'government' - helps you easily locate posts containing opportunities for and applications of Green ICT in government operations. (Green ICT in public education is found through the 'education' tag.) We note briefer items in this post, but haven't updated it recently. An email from TCO Certified reminded us that municipalities continue to pursue Green ICT purchasing.

The Software Side of Green ICT

Most Green ICT efforts focus on hardware. That make sense, because hardware lifecycles encompass everything from environmentally responsible sourcing of its raw materials through energy efficiency of its use to sustainable disposal at its end-of-life. Special utility software such as desktop power-saving plays a significant role in Green ICT, but less attention has been given to the application and system software within the gear. The most recent update is a tool anyone can use to evaluate a website's environmental performance.

Finding the Greenest Computer Monitors and Projectors

There are hundreds of green-certified computer displays available. Here is how to find the most sustainable displays, including projectors, listed by international certification services.

Green ICT and Security

Green ICT is linked to all sorts of security issues, from national security to resource insecurity. The latest insight is about e-waste and data security.

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