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How Many Billion IoT Devices by 2020?

We have counted ~25 billion devices attached to our global ICT infrastructure. Many of these are Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices. IoT has all the Green ICT issues of any tech segment. How many IoT devices will we see deployed in the next coming years? It is instructive to see how forecasts have been becoming more conservative.

Mining E-Waste

Our latest update looks at the potential value of the e-waste recycling market and at the challenges nanoscale ICT poses to realizing that potential.

Finding the Greenest Tablets

The availability of tablets suitable for Green ICT purchasing continues to improve, with nine manufacturers offering over one hundred top-ranked models.

Vertatique Has a New Tag for Green ICT and the Internet of Things

There is increasing interest about Internet of Things and its relationship to Green ICT. Click on the new tag 'IoT, above, to access all our information about this topic.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

It's been a year since we did a major update to this category. It has not been a year of progress. Samsung appears to be doing best in this category.

Greener Packaging for ICT Gear

Manufacturers are working to improve ICT gear's packaging, as shown in this post. These efforts can be undermined by shippers, as in our latest example. One the plus side, Dell continues to get recognition for its use of ocean plastics in packaging.

EPA's SMM Electronics Challenge

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge "encourages electronics manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to strive to send 100 percent of the used electronics they collect from the public, businesses and within their own organizations to third-party certified electronics refurbishers and recyclers." ICT companies have performed well in the Challenge. Dell, LG, Samsung all received top recognition.

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) from 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.

The European Union has a program for STB energy efficiency and we've listed the manufacturers that signed its Code of Conduct.

How Long Do We Keep Our Devices?

It is difficult to get reliable data on how long we hold onto the 24 billion edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Diverse device types and cultural practices complicate the issue. So do changing purchase and lease plans. Here is our latest calculation on the average in-service life of a mobile device.

Global Green ICT Update: Americas

Updates from the Americas (ex-USA). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.

A January 2018 article in Bloomberg identifies Canada as a potential location for miners of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. "The global power needed to create cryptocurrencies this year could...be a growth driver for renewable energy producers from the U.S. to China...One eager entrant is Hydro-Quebec, Canada’s biggest electric utility. It’s in 'very advanced' talks with more than 30 cryptocurrency miners -- many of them currently operating in China -- and expects to announce agreements in 2018...Within four years, Hydro-Quebec envisions miners soaking up about five terawatt-hours of power annually -- equivalent to about 300,000 Quebec homes -- from the surplus created by the region’s hydroelectric dams." Hydroelectric power is attractive to cryptocurrency miners not necessarily because it is renewable energy but because governments often sell the power at below-market rates.

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