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Healthcare and Green ICT

The "digital hospital" is just one indicator of how healthcare has become part of the Green ICT "Total Industry" model. A 2007 report by the US Energy Information Administration showed the impact: "The 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) data showed that large hospitals (greater than 200,000 square feet) accounted for less than 1 percent of all commercial buildings and 2 percent of commercial floorspace, but consumed 4.3 percent of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2003 1. Data from the 2007 CBECS show that the major fuels (electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and district heat) consumed by large hospitals totaled 458 trillion Btu, which is 5.5 percent of the total delivered energy used by the commercial sector in 2007."

Hospitals and the healthcare facilities have begun to hear the call to action, but challenges remain.

Total ITC Global Electricity Footprint

I introduced the concept of "Total ITC / Total Industry" for Green ICT at my Globecom 2015 talk. Here is the graphic from my presentation, with data drawn from earlier work. The slide focuses on energy consumption, but applies to all aspects of Green ICT.

Renewable Energy for Remote Telecom

This is solar-powered base station on top of a mountain in Lapland (Finland).

Remote ICT infrastructures are embracing renewable energy for everything from earthquake mitigation in Japan to CO2e reduction in India. Fuel/power costs appear to have gone down since 2009 for off-grid mobile operations, but are still significant. Asia leads world in current renewable base stations and in growth potential. One operator - Indus Towers - now has 20,000 zero-diesel sites.

Broadcast Is an Important Part of ICT - and of Green ICT!

The "C" in ICT stands for "communications" and broadcast is a significant component of that industry and technology segment. Consider the statistics.

Green ICT at GLOBECOM 2015

The First IEEE International Workshop on Green Standardizations and Industry Issues for ICT and Relevant Technologies (GSICT) is being held in conjunction with the IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2015). I'm honored to be one of two keynote speakers for the event.

Vertatique Sustainable Media Creation Practices

Here are some basics for production and postproduction facilities and practitioners seeking to improve the sustainability of their media work. Check out the recently-updated international resources on right for more resources and check out our posts about green media technologies, practices, and vendors.

Start off "Green from the Go"

Educate and engage your team. Bring in an outside resource to accelerate learning and work through cultural issues.

Free Air, Hot Racks, and Cool Liquids

Handling our gear's heat has always been an issue for installations large and small. ICT equipment typical took 1x-2x again more energy to remove its heat as it took to power it in the first place (PUE of 2.0+), driving both energy costs and carbon footprints. Early efforts focused on the two obvious tactics: make both the ICT gear and the air conditioning more efficient. We now see these augmented by innovative new approaches to the problem, ranging from seawater cooling to variable-speed fan retrofits.

IEEE's Green ICT Initiatives

IEEE describes itself as "the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology." We regularly cite its magazine, IEEE Spectrum, on this site. Here is an update of IEEE initiatives relevant to Green ICT.

EPEAT Under Threat No More

We have been covering EPEAT - America's global registration program for green ICT gear - since 2008. EPEAT is referenced in ~40 posts on this site. A policy change by United States government recently threatened the program's roll in Federal purchasing. That policy has now been reversed.

Will Liquid-Cooled Computers Make a Comeback?

Liquid cooling was once a staple of large-scale computing, but has largely been replaced by air cooling. We identified several efforts to bring liquid cooling to the server world in our first version of this post in 2012 and have seen continuous progress since. Here is the latest news.

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