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More Efficient Supercomputers

Energy efficiency is becoming more important to supercomputers, as ever more powerful machines consume ever more energy. A Swiss supercomputer upgraded in June 2017 demonstrates significant energy-saving features.

Energy, Climate, Water & Geophysical Risk All Play Roles In North American Data Center Siting

Energy, climate, water and/or geophysical safety can be drivers for locations across North America. We periodically update this post with new developments. The most recent is about a LinkedIn data center. You can learn about location drivers in other regions in our related article.

Finding the Greenest Desktops

A survey of programs in the United States and Europe shows that there has been little change in the number of certified models since 2015. Desktops, workstations, and related configurations are not a growth market, so it is a positive sign that manufacturers are still certifying their current products.

UL 110 Standard for Mobile Phones

The UL 110 standard's "...requirements establish multiple attribute sustainability criteria for mobile phones, including the packaging and all components shipped in the box with the mobile phone." This standard will sync with the EPEAT registry in mid 2017.

Finding the Greenest Mobile Phones

Resources for responsible phone purchasing have changed significantly, compared to our 2014 survey. Here is what is currently available, including an important new resource from EPEAT and UL.

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.

Green ICT in Europe: Too Many Local Standards Listing Too Few Products

We found back in 2010 that the European market for Green ICT products had many local standards with few certified products. That did not appear to best serve sustainability-oriented computer buyers - consumer or enterprise - who need to make practical purchasing decisions incorporating sustainability. The situation has not improved in recent years.

Our recent update of Finding the Greenest Tablets illustrates the continuing challenges for conscientious buyers trying to sort through standards.

How Green is Wearable Tech?

We raised questions about the GreenICT implications of wearable technology four years ago. There seems to have been little effort made by wearable tech creators since then to address sustainability issue. A recent article from battery recycler Call2Recycle again sounds the warning.

Finding the Greenest Tablets

I reported in 2014 that I could find only one green certification program for tablets. The situation is a lot better today, with eight manufacturers offering top-ranked products.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

We have not updated information about greenest television is a couple of years due to lack of progress in the area, but it was time to circle back. Or comparisons show mixed progress. Samsung is the manufacturer doing the best.

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