Europe

Cloud Computing Goes Green

Iceland appeared on our Green ICT radar last year when Verne Global cited the "Icelandic Advantage" for its its data center there. Another local company, GreenQloud, is now promoting Iceland's advantages as the basis for a more sustainable cloud computing service.

Nokia and Vodafone: Top ICT Companies in 2010 Global 100

"The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights, the magazine for clean capitalism…with three strategic partners to identify…the global corporations which have been most proactive in managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.  Launched in 2005, the annual Global 100 is announced each year during the World Economic Forum in Davos." ICT companies do not populate the top of this list like they do some others.

UK Companies Making Green Desktops

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 Importance of Eliminating PVC/BFR from E-Gear

There is increased focus on eliminated PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) and BFR (Brominated Flame Retardants) from e-gear. Why is this important?

Amazon Starting to Offer EPEAT Ratings

The EPEAT registration system for IT products is largely used for enterprise purchasing. We've been trying to give it more visibility in the CE/SOHO worlds, so we were pleased to hear that Amazon is adding EPEAT ratings to its site. Amazon's initial implementation is a start, but could be much stronger.

Cloud Computing Starting to Follow the Sun-Wind-Moon

"Follow-the-sun"*, "follow-the-wind", "follow-the-moon" and "follow-the-kilowatt" are cloud computing operational strategies that dynamically shift processing around the global to balance demand proximity with low energy prices. While much of the discussion has been theoretical and speculative, we are starting to see implementation.

Is the Industry Educating Broadcasters About Green ICT Issues and Opportunities?

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.

TV E-Waste Around the World: UK, Vietnam, Hotels, Australia

The DTV conversion is gaining momentum worldwide, along with e-waste problems and solutions.

Resources for Green ICT in Education

Green ICT becoming increasingly important to sustainability initiatives at educational institutions. Here is an update on resources for that sector.

Green Tech Rankings: Comparing Newsweek and Greenpeace

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.

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