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Storage Represents a Green ICT Opportuity

Much Green ICT focuses on computers: servers in the data center and desktops in the office. Don't forget that disk-based data storage, which can cost an organization $25/GB/month, also offers opportunities. It's for an update on the progress manufacturers and users have been making in recent years to manage data storage's energy consumption.

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) awarded a Sustainability and Eco-design award to an internal storage device. This is unusual recognition for a component described by CES as "...storage for supercomputing targeted at AI analysis, big data and IoT applications..." Hardly 'consumer' electronics. Recognition for the Samsung 3.84TB NVMe Z-SSD (SZ1733) was "...based on its having the highest performance and density for an NVMe SSD, as well as extremely high reliability and ultra-low latency." Samsung cites the product's "...extremely low-power consumption (15 watts at 1.2V). "

Cryptocurrency Mining Is a Significant Component of ICT Electricity Consumption

We've tracked the growing environmental impact of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin since 2013. In an unusual move, the massive 2019 Consumer Electronics Show awarded a Sustainability and Eco-design award to a mining engine. "The Azultec Cube 300 is the most efficient cryptocurrency miner." The Azultec Cube 300 is a water-cooled and the company claims it "...can recuperate up to 72% of the generated heat."

Global Green ICT Update: Americas

Updates from the Americas (ex-USA). Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe. Click on 'Americas' tag above for all news about the region.

The Global E-waste Monitor 2017 reports, "In Latin America, 4.2 Mt of e-waste was estimated to be generated in 2016, with an average of 7.1 kg/ inh. The Latin American countries with the highest e-waste generation are: Brazil 1.5 Mt, Mexico 1 Mt, and Argentina 0.4 Mt. The top three countries in Latin America with the highest e-waste generation in relative quantities in 2016 were Uruguay (10.8 kg/ inh), Chile (8.7 kg/ inh), and Argentina (8.4 kg/ inh)." Mexico has the best record of e-waste collection. "Mexico collects most of the e-waste in Latin America (358 kt), which leads to a collection rate of approximately 36% compared to the e-waste generated. The collection rate in the rest of Latin America is lower than 3%." Mexico's rate of 36% is superior to the United States (22%) and Canada (20%). (A collection rate is not necessarily a measure of how much e-waste is disposed of in an environmentaly-responsible way.) The Monitor cites two regional barriers to better performance. "The main challenge with sustainable e-waste management in Latin America is the acceleration of all legislation processes." "The lack of a historical environmental culture in Latin America fuels the thought that the final user of EEE is not responsible for proper disposal and treatment."

How Important Is Gear Efficiency in Datacenters?

Microsoft's The Carbon Benefits of Cloud Computing report suggests that the energy efficiency of IT gear has may have the lowest impact on a datacenter's energy footprint, compared with other Green ICT tactics.

Global Green ICT Update: Africa-Middle East

Updates from Africa and the Middle East. Our most recent is about East Africa Green ICT workshop. Click on 'ME-Africa' tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

A number of projects have sprung up in Africa to up-cycle e-waste into new technologies.

Disrupt Africa reported in 2015, "Tanzanian innovation space Buni Hub has developed a 3D printer made from e-waste, the first of its kind in East and Central Africa...the e-waste 3D printer will be used to print prototypes and models at the hub, as well as assisting with small-scale manufacturing."

The BBC reports from Togo in 2018, "It looks like a spider and it moves like one, but this robot creature cannot just be dismissed as a toy...'I made this from a [discarded] 3D printer,' Ousia Foli-Bebe says, pointing as his robotic arachnid. 'The plastic retrieved from the printer became the arms and legs.'...Mr Foli-Bebe takes the robot spider into schools hoping to interest the students in science and recycling." Togo has a history on creative e-waste up-cycling. "[Foli-Bebe] admits he has learned a lot about recycling from others such as Gnikou Afate, who is credited with having made the first 3D printer [from e-waste] in Togo. So impressive was Mr Afate's homemade printer that it took first place at the Barcelona Fabrication Technology conference in 2015."

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Finding the Greenest Printers

There is no excuse for an American and Western European organizations not to purchase a GreenICT printer. There are hundreds of models to choose from in both regions. But consumers have to settle for less-green units.

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.

Apple Data Gives Useful Insight into ICT Gear's Carbon Footprint

Apple's latest analysis of its products' lifecycle CO2e emissions show that manufacturers can have a biggest impact on ICT's carbon footprint.

More Efficient Supercomputers

Energy efficiency is becoming more important to supercomputers, as ever more powerful machines consume ever more energy. Japan and the United States lead energy-efficient supercomputing. (A liquid immersion ExaScaler module of the top machine - Shoubu system B - is pictured to the left.)

Apple Report on Creating a Greener Global Supply Chain

Apple's 2018 Supplier Responsibility 2018 Progress Report list several accomplishments toward greening the ICT supply chain, including conflict minerals, water, landfill waste and carbon emissions.

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