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Sustainability in use of personal electronics

Vertatique's Personal e-Green: reduction of energy, waste, and carbon
in our purchase, use, and disposal of personal electronics

Finding the Greenest Desktops

A survey of programs in the United States and Europe shows that there has been little change in the number of certified models since 2015. Desktops, workstations, and related configurations are not a growth market, so it is a positive sign that manufacturers are still certifying their current products.

Finding the Greenest Mobile Phones

Resources for responsible phone purchasing have changed significantly, compared to our last look in 2014. Here is what is currently available, including an important new resource from UL.

EPA's SMM Electronics Challenge

The United States Environmental Protection Agency's Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Electronics Challenge "encourages electronics manufacturers, brand owners and retailers to strive to send 100 percent of the used electronics they collect from the public, businesses and within their own organizations to third-party certified electronics refurbishers and recyclers." ICT companies have performed well in the Challenge.

How Green is Wearable Tech?

We raised questions about the GreenICT implications of wearable technology four years ago. There seems to have been little effort made by wearable tech creators since then to address sustainability issue. A recent article from battery recycler Call2Recycle again sounds the warning.

Finding the Greenest Tablets

I reported in 2014 that I could find only one green certification program for tablets. The situation is a lot better today, with eight manufacturers offering top-ranked products.

Finding the Greenest Televisions

We have not updated information about greenest television is a couple of years due to lack of progress in the area, but it was time to circle back. Or comparisons show mixed progress. Samsung is the manufacturer doing the best.

California To Launch ICT Energy Standards in 2018

The American state of California is home to ~70 million end-user computers, servers and computer monitors. It is now planning to role out a series of energy standards for new units beginning in 2018.

There Are Many Options for Aging ICT Gear

A MarketsandMarkets report says, "The global volume of e-waste generated is expected to reach 93.5 million tons in 2016 from 41.5 million tons in 2011 at a CAGR of 17.6% from 2011 to 2016." Three strategies for dealing with an organization's aging ICT gear are scrap, external reuse, and internal reuse. Internal reuse offers a growing number of increasingly sophisticated options while external reuse is revealing some unintended consequences. Reuse options are growing for home devices, as well.

How Long Do We Keep Our Devices?

It is difficult to get reliable data on how long we hold onto the 19+ billion edge devices attached to the global ICT infrastructure. Diverse device types and cultural practices complicate the issue. So do changing purchase and lease plans.

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