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ID-TELMIT 2012, billed as "Indonesia's Largest ICT & Media Convergence Conference & Expo", intends to cover how to "apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to other industrial fields such as Green Convergence, Smart Grid…" I see this as more evidence that the global ICT community is becoming increasingly focused on this opportunity.
Vertatique emphasises 'Green ICT' over 'Green IT' to embrace the opportunities in communications infrastructures and operations: telecommunications, broadcast media, etc. One such opportunity in occurs as the global telecommunications networks migrate from a circuit switching (TDM) to packet switching. ('Data' communication now dominates traffic as even telephony moves to packets (VoIP).) An investor makes the case that his portfolio company making energy-saving migration switches is "cleantech".
A report from the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps illustrates a few basic concepts of Green ICT that can often get obscured in more sophisticated discussions.
Climate Corps fellow Jen Snook discovered an opportunity to save lighting costs in 100 million square feet at telecom company AT&T. This represents the space used for equipment, which Snook discovered was lighted 100% of the time but was typically occupied only about 10% of the time.
As we learn that most ICT impact occurs outside of the data center, understanding the the impact of "CT" becomes as important as that of "IT". GÉANT, the multi-gigabit pan-European research and education (R&E) network, has completed an GHG audit of its network backbone using the ISO 14063 standard. Its report both offers insights and raises questions.
I just received an email from the Sierra Club about a "special offer from our friends at CREDO Mobile." The email continues "Not only are they are the first mobile phone company to be certified by CarbonFund.org for offsets that cover the shipping and lifetime electricity use of their phones, but they give back to non-profit organizations like us and have worked with the Sierra Club in our efforts…" The Credo Mobile promotion in the Club email criticizes AT&T, exclusive US voice and data carrier for Apple's iPhone/iPad devices, for its contributions to anti-environmental politicians:
"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.
One of the six goals in the US National Broadband Plan (NBP) is
Goal No. 6: To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to use broadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption.
I have long advocated for more attention to the "CT" side of Green ICT. Green Touch is a new industry initiative organized by equipment manufacture Alcatel-Lucent that strives to do just that. It declares:
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.