The growing importance of Green ICT in China was highlighted November 2010 by the establishment of Hong Kong's Green ICT Consortium The Consortium defines its role as "promoting Green ICT technologies and measures for improving its operational efficiency as well as promoting an environmentally responsible and sustainable culture to our society. The Consortium will establish a close collaboration with the Government in developing Green ICT strategic plans and be a part of the vanguard in creating a local Green ICT culture." Its broader vision is global, not just local.
A summary of China's Green Innovation policy by Jin Shang of the University of Leicester identifies Green ICT as one of the policy's four components:
While much of the green computer focus worldwide is on laptops, UK companies are doing interesting things with desktops.
Aleutia offers low-power units that "are designed to easily connect to solar power and work in remote places." Case studies include Africa and Central Asia.
VeryPC promotes its Broadleaf desktop as "categorised as ‘Class Leader’ by DEFRA Quick Wins", "BFR, PVC and halogen free in line with ECMA-370, the environmental standard", "the only desktop PC to be endorsed by the Energy Saving Trust Recommended scheme". (More about Green ICT product standards in Europe.)
The Green Electronics Council launched an international EPEAT purchasing registry which "enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in over 41 countries across the globe." The registry is revealing about the distribution of EPEAT product availability.
There is increased focus on eliminated PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and BFR (Brominated Flame Retardants) from e-gear. Why is this important?
The television broadcast segment of the telecom industry is at the focus of many Green ICT issues, ranging from the e-waste implications of global analog-to-digital conversions to rapidly evolving technologies for studio lighting. Despite the challenges, there is upside here for media enterprises. How are industry conferences preparing broadcasters and others for the challenges and opportunities of Green ICT? I took a look at broadcast conferences around the world.
The DTV conversion is gaining momentum worldwide, along with e-waste problems and solutions.
We recently added Greenpeace and Newsweek green rankings to our directory of companies making products used by the media industry. This side-by-side comparison reveals the divergence among rating systems.
We learned that the 11 billion consumer devices attached to our global ICT infrastructure is expanding the Green ICT focus outside of the core. Now, there is growing awareness how device use can impact the energy consumption and carbon footprint of the network and core. Jenna Wortham writes in The New York Times:
Our recent post containing information about Green ICT issues at universities generated a lot of interest. Here is another insight: it is laboratory facilities are the big energy consumers on campuses.