Americas

North, Central, & South America outside of the USA

How Fast Is Global E-waste Growing?

The most recent update on global e-waste from a consortium of international organizations gives us new data about the problem's scope and grow. Per-capita e-waste growth is slowing, the overall amount is growing with the world's population.

Greenest Telecom Providers

An update to this topic shows there are fewer resources available to evaluate the sustainability of telecom company operations. Sprint and AT&T are the 'best' USA companies, but are ranked well below other ICT companies, including global telecoms. BT Group is the global green leader.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

It's been a year since we did a major update to this category. It has not been a year of progress. Samsung appears to be doing best in this category.

Global Green ICT Update: Americas

Updates from the Americas (ex-USA). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.

A January 2018 article in Bloomberg identifies Canada as a potential location for miners of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. "The global power needed to create cryptocurrencies this year could...be a growth driver for renewable energy producers from the U.S. to China...One eager entrant is Hydro-Quebec, Canada’s biggest electric utility. It’s in 'very advanced' talks with more than 30 cryptocurrency miners -- many of them currently operating in China -- and expects to announce agreements in 2018...Within four years, Hydro-Quebec envisions miners soaking up about five terawatt-hours of power annually -- equivalent to about 300,000 Quebec homes -- from the surplus created by the region’s hydroelectric dams." Hydroelectric power is attractive to cryptocurrency miners not necessarily because it is renewable energy but because governments often sell the power at below-market rates.

Green ICT Conferences Plunge Worldwide

The number of Green ICT conferences and workshops plunged 32% in 2017, almost disappearing from North America and Asia/Pacific. Europe usually hosts more events than do other regions, but accounted for a record 76% in 2017. We counted sixteen events for Europe in 2017, one more than the previous top years of 2013 and 2016.

Green ICT Progress in Primary/Secondary Education

Our latest update is about a missed opportunity for Green ICT purchasing. Click on the 'education' tag and you'll see more examples of Green ICT being applied educational institutions of all levels around the world..

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.

Greening the 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. We just added albert - a UK entertainment industry initiative.

After you have finished with this post, see more by clicking on the "Green media" tag, above.

Energy, Climate, Water & Geophysical Risk All Play Roles In North American Data Center Siting

Energy, climate, water and/or geophysical safety can be drivers for locations across North America. We periodically update this post with new developments. The most recent is about a LinkedIn data center. You can learn about location drivers in other regions in our related article.

Innovative Ways We Could Be Recharging Our Devices

Researchers around the global are exploring innovative ways to sustainably recharge the billions of edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Experiments use everything from plants to urine . (You may have to reload page to display videos.)

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