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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:

Mega Data Centers

We haven't updated this post in a while, so thought it would be a good opportunity to look at new mega-facilities. The latest addition is the Linkedin facility in Oregon USA.

Apple's Supplier Clean Energy Program

The Apple Environmental Responsibility Report is always interesting reading. A focus of the 2017 edition is clean energy in the product supply chain. This means less embedded carbon in Apple products.

Green When It is Hot: Data Centers and Solar Energy

We noted earlier the challenges faced by facilities seeking to use on-site solar. Facilities now look to purchase solar energy from off-site providers. A very large procurement is for a Google data center in the Netherlands, a country not known for extremely sunny weather.

Green ICT in Government

Government entities have an important role to play in encouraging sustainable ICT across all industries. Effective leadership requires internal implementation, as well. The tag at the top of this post - 'government' - helps you easily locate posts containing opportunities for and applications of Green ICT in government operations. (Green ICT in public education is found through the 'education' tag.) We note briefer items in this post, but haven't updated it recently. An email from TCO Certified reminded us that municipalities continue to pursue Green ICT purchasing.

The Software Side of Green ICT

Most Green ICT efforts focus on hardware. That make sense, because hardware lifecycles encompass everything from environmentally responsible sourcing of its raw materials through energy efficiency of its use to sustainable disposal at its end-of-life. Special utility software such as desktop power-saving plays a significant role in Green ICT, but less attention has been given to the application and system software within the gear. The most recent update is a tool anyone can use to evaluate a website's environmental performance.

Green ICT and Security

Green ICT is linked to all sorts of security issues, from national security to resource insecurity. The latest insight is about e-waste and data security.

Energy, Climate, Water & Geophysical Risk All Play Roles In North American Data Center Siting

Energy, climate, water and/or geophysical safety can be drivers for locations across North America. We periodically update this post with new developments. The most recent is about a LinkedIn data center. You can learn about location drivers in other regions in our related article.

UL 110 Standard for Mobile Phones

The UL 110 standard's "...requirements establish multiple attribute sustainability criteria for mobile phones, including the packaging and all components shipped in the box with the mobile phone." This standard will sync with the EPEAT registry in mid 2017.

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