Green data center

Sustainability in data center design and operation

The reduction of energy, waste, and carbon in the design and operation of data centers and other ICT facilities.

The Importance of Location for Green Data Centers

Location is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of ICT facilities. We've been tracking activities which try to leverage geographic features for greener operations. This article focuses on Europe and Asia. (Another focuses on North America.) Our latest update highlights the relationship between renewable energy availability and overall desirability for siting data centers.

Bitcoin Is a Significant Component of ICT Electricity Consumption

We've tracked the growing environmental impact of virtual currency Bitcoin since 2013. A new analysis shows that its electricity footprint now rivals that of Nigeria.

Green ICT Conferences

Green ICT conferences, workshops and other events around the world. Latest additions an event in Germany.

Who Offers ENERGY STAR Servers?

The availability of ENERGY STAR servers has increased dramatically since we last looked in 2015. Over twenty companies offer qualified models: 248 in the United States and 225 in Canada.

Apple & Facebook in Prineville: Mega Data Centers Transform a Town

We have covered the aspects of the Apple and Facebook data centers in Prineville, Oregon in previous posts. An August 2017 article in Outside magazine reports on the impact of these operations on the small town and offers some Green ICT insights along the way.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

2017

TCO Developement offers A Guide to Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified. The TCO Certified program is Euro-centric, but anyone seeking to improve their Green ICT purchasing can use this comprehensive approach. The Guide offers thirteen "Leading Edge Sustainability Criteria", eight points of verification, and a three-phase purchasing process.

Mega Data Centers

We haven't updated this post in a while, so thought it would be a good opportunity to look at new mega-facilities. The latest addition is the Linkedin Infomart facility in Oregon USA.

Green When It is Hot: Data Centers and Solar Energy

We noted earlier the challenges faced by facilities seeking to use on-site solar. Facilities now look to purchase solar energy from off-site providers. A very large procurement is for a Google data center in the Netherlands, a country not known for extremely sunny weather.

Green ICT in Government

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.) We note briefer items in this post, but haven't updated it recently. An email from TCO Certified reminded us that municipalities continue to pursue Green ICT purchasing.

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