Green media

Sustainability in e-media creation and distribution

Vertatique's Green Media initiative promotes sustainable creation and distribution
for theatrical film, broadcast television, online media, and related industries
through reduction of their workflows' energy, water, waste, and carbon emissions.


Manufacturers and Service Providers
Sustainable enterprise operations
Sustainable product/service designs & lifecycles
Education & support of sustainable user practices


Content Creators and Distributors
Sustainable facility operations
Sustainable set & location practices
Sustainable media packaging & delivery

Green Production Practices

Finding the Greenest Set-top Boxes

The US ENERGY STAR program looks only at energy efficiency and not other sustainability factors. The program uses a metric called Total Energy Consumption (TEC).

There were only four models rated at 50 TEC or less this year, less than half as many as a year ago. Apple TV, with two of the four models, is by far and away the most efficient, helped by its very low stand-by power consumption.

The European Union has a program for STB energy efficiency and we've listed the manufacturers that signed its Code of Conduct. There are also three European STB models that received the German Ecolabel.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

The January 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) gave a Sustainability and Eco-design award to the LG 55E9 55-inch E9 OLED 4K TV. CES noted the model was "...made of eco-friendly and recyclable materials including natural glass."

The LG 55E9 is not listed in the EPEAT Televisions Registry, but the listed LG models are all registered as 'Bronze'. In fact, the entire EPEAT Televisions Registry is still disappointing. There are no Gold units for the United States and only 26 Silver, all from Samsung.

Green ICT In Our Own Communities


e-waste CRT
Rural E-Waste #1 - December 2017
 
e-waste CRT plus other waste
Rural E-Waste #1 - 10 Months Later
Removed November 2018
2 e-waste CRTs
Rural E-Waste #2 - May 2018
Removed November 2018
e-waste: CRT & flat screen
Rural E-Waste #3 - October 2018
Removed within a week!

We have much to learn from all the global Green ICT activities, but we can't forget to pay attention to our own communities. I've been documenting a steady increase in local rural e-waste since December 2017. The City of Madison, the jurisdiction responsible for the location of #3, acted quickly to remove the e-waste. Dane County finally removed #1 and #2 almost a year after it was first reported.

Newsweek's Green Rankings: ICT Comapnies Lose Dominance

ICT companies show less dominence of the top slots than they did five years ago. This is true in both US and Global rankings.

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.

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.

Apple TV 4K Environmental Specs

The Apple TV set-top box (STB), which I own, has always been very energy efficient. It is consistently at top the of EPA's ENERGY STAR STB ratings.

The newest Apple TV, the "4K" model, is not yet in the ENERGY STAR database, so we don't know if new features affected the box's power consumption. Apple does prove the following information in its tech specs:

Were America's Millions of Analog TVs Recycled?

"Were America's Millions of Analog TVs Recycled?" That's the question we began asking eight years ago as the United States converted from analog to digital television (DTV), obsoleting the traditional CRT-based sets. The answer now appears to be "no" due to consumer behavior and a declining market for CRT by-products. The image at the right, taken at a collection point for a university student housing change-over in August 2016, illustrates that there are still a lot of analog CRTs out there.

Broadcast Is an Important Part of ICT - and of Green ICT!

The "C" in ICT stands for "communications" and broadcast is a significant component of that industry and technology segment. Consider the statistics.

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