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2011

ID-TELMIT 2012, billed as "Indonesia's Largest ICT & Media Convergence Conference & Expo", intends to cover how to "apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to other industrial fields such as Green Convergence, Smart Grid…" I see this as more evidence that the global ICT community is becoming increasingly focused on this opportunity.

China's focus on pollution from Apple suppliers, including Taiwan's Catcher Technology, has created a new focus on greener manufacturing of e-gear. Focus Taiwan, "The Minister of Economic Affairs urged local manufacturers Wednesday to go green, days after a Taiwanese supplier to Apple Inc. was ordered by the Chinese authorities to partially suspend operations at one of its facilities in China for causing air pollution. 'Manufacturers must have the concept of the "green supply chain" so as to maintain their long-term partnerships with an outstanding multinational enterprise,' said [the minister.]" (More on Apple manufacturing in China.)

According to Gartner, "By 2015, India's spending on green IT and sustainability initiatives will double from $35 billion in 2010 to $70 billion in 2015…India's information and communication technology (ICT) industry will be an early adopter of green IT and sustainability solutions as India is one of the fastest-growing markets in terms of IT hardware and communications infrastructure consumption…"

We given a lot of coverage to what happens to e-waste once it leaves its country of origin. A video from China Daily shows a more responsible approach to e-waste recycling.

Frost & Sullivan's 2011 Asia Pacific Green Excellence Awards honored companies in 28 categories. Surprisingly, only one was ICT related. "Technology Innovation in Data Centre Power Management" recognized Emerson Network Power. No specifics were cited by Frost & Sullivan.

Singapore's Sustainable Business Awards program offers Green IT Awards to "provide recognition to holistic green IT solutions, which meet the needs of business, ecology, and society." 2010 winners are IRAS, Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Trusted Hub Limited. The Awards web site does not appear to publish specific information what the winners accomplished to achieve this recognition, which is a missed opportunity to educate others. Award sponsors Singapore Business Federation, IBM, and Frost and Sullivan have also launched the Green IT Adoption Index Survey.

Indonesia is testing fuel cells to power off-grid telecommunications infrastructure. US manufacturer IdaTech reports, "In an effort to use alternative energy solutions that have a positive impact on the environment, more than 150 IdaTech backup power fuel cell systems have been installed on Hutchison Indonesia’s network instead of traditional diesel generators."

Sri Lanka's Information and Communications Technology Agency (ICTA) has launched a Green IT initiative to make the country "one of the most sustainable IT-BPO destinations in the world." The ICTA announced a grant program to encourage participants to obtain "obtain globally recognized [sustainability] accreditations." (BPO refers to 'business process outsourcing'.)

According to Pike Research, "the total installed base of smart meters in Asia Pacific will increase from 52.8 million in 2010 to 350.3 million by 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 37%…among countries in the region, China has the most ambitious goals for smart meter installations. By 2016…China will represent more than three-quarters of the installed base of smart meters in Asia Pacific, and the government has declared plans to continue a large-scale meter deployment through at least 2020. Japan, South Korea, and Australia will also represent large markets for smart meters."

Wipro (India) and Quanta (China) are the latest Asian companies to be recognized for supplying green computers. Wipro received a high mark for a desktop it submitted to Greenpeace's Green Electronics Survey. Wipro and Quanta both offer ENERGY STAR® qualified servers. Review Wipro's sustainability information and Quanta's CSR report

2010

GBI Research reports: "E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the emerging economies of Asia, particularly in China and India due to the increasing market penetration of electrical and electronic goods such as: computers, televisions and mobile phones. The market penetration of personal computers (PCs) and mobile phones is still quite low in India and is expected to grow rapidly in the future…The volume of e-waste in China is estimated to reach 5.1 million metric tons in 2020, an increase of more than 150% from 2005……The [worldwide e-waste recycling] market is expected to reach $21billion in 2020 from $6.9billion in 2009."

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) notes that "Taiwan is ranked as the world number 6 and Asia's number 2 country by IMD's 2010 World Competitiveness Yearbook in terms of the potential in utilizing green ICT to create competitive advantages." TAITRA has launched Green ICT, Taiwan Lets You See! to showcase its Green Tech products.

It appears that Victoria (AU) is working to establish a Green ICT leadership position with its "Green IT Cluster", its "Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET)", and its "Green ICT Initiatives" to enable government ICT facilities to be more environmentally sustainable. (There are 132 EPEAT Gold computer products registered for Australia, more than for Japan but less than for China.)

IDC's 3rd annual Green IT and Sustainability Survey of 450 organizations in Asia/Pacific found that while "the cost of energy is still the key driver for organizations…Growth in IT Infrastructure was also indicated as a factor that is rising fast on the agenda, particularly in China."

IDC reports "In Australia and Japan, senior executives (including the CEO, CIO and CTO) are taking the leading role in these initiatives. By comparison in the China, this responsibility is being pushed to IT Management." This is important as C-suite leadership is often critical to the speed and scope of progress.

The IDC survey also found that "47% of Japanese respondents plan to initiate techniques for better managing systems or data such as server management duplication."

CNET reports "A third of [China's] economic recovery package was spent on green-technology investment… It equates to about 3 percent of China's GDP (gross domestic product), according to a new United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) book…" (See right.) "In addition to China, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) percentage-wise was found to be one of the leading green tech investors, spending the equivalent of more than 3 percent of its annual GDP on green tech…the country has allocated 95 percent of its economic stimulus package to green technology…"

Wipro Infotech launched its "100% recyclable" Greenware desktops in India, giving "India its very first PVC & BFR free product.” Never missing an opportunity to put pressure on the global players, Greenpeace notes, "Wipro has beaten giants like Dell, Samsung and Lenovo to the finish line in producing a computer free of the worst toxic chemicals."

2007-2009

Greenpeace India's Guide to Greener Electronics integrates ratings for local companies into the original Greenpeace Guide.

The September 2009 Virtual International Symposium on ICTs and Climate Change, organized by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), offers online presentations from China, India, Korea, and Japan.

e-Waste comes to Bhutan

Australia's Senator Kate Lundy on Green ICT in Australia

ITIF Memo: Learning from the Korean Green IT Strategy

Singapore offers Green ICT Incentives

90% of Indian CIOs expect an increase in Green IT budgets, more.

90% of Asia-Pacific Enterprises Lack Green IT Strategy