The Latest Vertatique News & Insights

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.

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.

Finding the Greenest Office Equipment

Many of the Green ICT certification and registration sites cover categories of office equipment other than the major ones for which we publish separate articles. (See list to the right.) We just added remanufactured toner cartridges, telephone systems, and multiple outlet strips.

What Is Attached to Our Global ICT Infrastructure?

How much gear is attached our global ICT infrastructure? Our 2017 inventory counts almost over 24 billion 'edge' items, The latest update to these counts is consumer Internet of Things (IoT).

Green ICT Conferences Plunge Worldwide

The number of Green ICT conferences and workshops plunged 32% in 2017, almost disappearing from North America and Asia/Pacific. Europe usually hosts more events than do other regions, but accounted for a record 76% in 2017. We counted sixteen events for Europe in 2017, one more than the previous top years of 2013 and 2016.

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