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The Software Side of Green ICT

Most Green ICT focuses 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 central role in Green ICT, but less attention has been given to the application and system software in the gear, itself. Now, projects are looking at how to create more sustainable software.

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a Key Green ICT Tool

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is emerging as an important mechanism to ensure more sustainable ICT gear. Here is a review of what EPR is and who is implementing it.

Early Green Data Centers

The industry has been striving to green data centers for some time. Here are some of pioneers from 2002 through 2009.

Household Electronics Energy Use Outweighs More Efficient Appliances

Traditional household appliances have become more energy efficient in the past forty years, but households have not. The growing use of electronics plays a major role in the failure to benefit from more efficient appliances.

Balloon-Delivered Internet for Remote Areas

The goal of Google's Project Loon is to deliver solar-powered Internet to remote areas via a global network of high-altitude balloons. The company is currently testing the concept with a thirty-balloon pilot over New Zealand's South Island.

Who Offers ENERGY STAR Servers?

Seventeen manufacturers offer ENERGY STAR® qualified servers. CompuLab, SuperMicro and Toshiba are the latest. Bull and Wipro appear to no longer offer qualified models.

Greening the E-Media Industry

Electronic media infrastructures and gear are important components of global ICT as movies, television, music, and books all go digital. This post offers a global sampling of sustainability in e-media; see much more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

We advocate reuse of ICT products whenever possible. Reuse often requires refurbishing, a task performed by enterprises ranging from large charities like Computer Aid International to specialty business. The demise of the CRT in broadcasting has lead to the closure on one such business, Hawk-Eye Picture Tube Manufacturing of Des Moines (USA), the USA's last independent CRT rebuilder. TV Technology reports that "Hawk-eye has been known to the broadcast crowd for several decades, providing a budget-friendly alternative to factory replacement tubes for [broadcast monitors]…At one time, the United States boasted hundreds of CRT rebuilding operations. They existed both in the big cities and in small towns, filling an important niche…Typically, a CRT could be rebuilt and sold for one-half to two-thirds of the cost of an all-new tube." CRTs contain many toxins such as lead and other heavy metals and it appears most of CRTs obsoleted by the conversion to digital broadcast were not properly recycled. More: DTV & Green ICT, CRTs & Green ICT

'Internet of Things' Will Rerquire More Storage and Bandwidth

We've counted over 17 billion pieces of e-gear attached to the global ICT infrastructure. The 'Internet of Things' will increase this number five-fold by the end of the decade. Can technology keep up with the energy and resource demands?

Will the Tax Man Force Mega Data Centers to Literally Go Mobile?

Mega data centers are booming but operators from Microsoft to the NSA are learning something about the 'bust' side of the equation. It turns out big data centers can be big targets for the tax man.

E-Waste Goes A Long Way Back

An incident 30 years ago illustrates that e-waste is not a new problem. Atari, it seems, had millions of unsold cartridges of Pac-Man, E.T., and other games to dispose of. Here's what the company supposedly did back then and how various efforts are are elevating the dump site to mythic status. We keep updating this post - this is a story that will not die!

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