Our definition of ICT is very inclusive. Every industry that deploys digital infrastructure is in the mix. Broadcast television, for example, has ICT-intensive facilities (stations, studios, etc.), global-spanning communications networks, and edge products (TVs) in over a billion homes. The global television audience is greater than the smartphone base - and will be that way even in 2020!
The healthcare, like most industries, has seen seen its electronic technologies become ICT technologies. Medical facilities are ICT facilities and much medical gear is ICT gear. That's consistent with our inclusive definition of Green ICT. Here are some industry initiatives having an impact:
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.) Our latest update to this post is the disappointing news about New Zealand's decline in ICT sustainability in government.
The creation of ICT content - software and e-media - is part of ICT's footprint of resource input and waste output. A 2009 UK report, while dated, is still helpful in scoping the size and structure of media industry footprints.
A recent camping trip to remote Utah (USA) gave me a good opportuity to contemplate why we pursue Green ICT. I was surrounded by the remains of an ancient civilization that may well have succumbed to its own eco-disaster.
We report on the environmental activities of ICT manufacturers providers because their environmental footprints become 'embodied' in the gear and services we use and thus become part of our footprints. It is inevitable that, in polarized America, ICT companies' environmental positions draw fire from politically conservative organizations. We look at two examples, one involving Apple and the another involving large cloud service providers, and a dramatic move by one of the world's largest ICT companies.
Fairphone positions its first product as "A seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first." The Netherlands-based company's phone addresses two important Green ICT issues for mobile devices: conflict minerals and e-waste.
Disk-based data storage, which can cost an organization $25/GB/month, offers Green ICT opportunities. We been tracking how people are reducing the impact of disk storage. This post looks at alternatives to disk storage for rarely used, event-driven data. This is known as Tier-3 storage and is particularly suited for 'offline' or 'cold' storage.
Vertatique strives to cover the CT, as well as the IT, in Green ICT, with attention to networking, broadcast, telephony, and other communications infrastructure elements. Our latest update to this post looks at GHG emission from various segments of mobile telecommunications: network access services, device charging, and industry supply chain.
Green ICT is concerned with all resources consumed in creating e-gear and operating ICT infrastructures. Significant amounts of water are used in everything from chip fabrication to PC manufacture to data center operation. This makes ICT vulnerable to droughts and other constraints. It has also dragged ICT water use into the political arena. We've just added a video from Google about how the company is using was water to cool one of its data centers.