The computer industry at the level of global aviation carbon dioxide emissions policy and company set ambitious goals Hamburg – worldwide over one billion computers are used, up to the year 2012 this number is doubled, so the results of the study by U.S. market research company of Gartner. The little helpers in the profession is essential for about 58 percent of workers, according to the Federal Office of statistics, he is also in 70% of all German households. The poor environmental record is available on the shadow side of this electronic flood: many of the device are out of date and true current Fellows. Annually, the 30 million private PCs consume electricity amounting to 360 million euros already in standby mode.
No wonder, then, that the policy pulls the emergency brake. No more than one watt per hour a decision which must according to EU Commission, consume computer in stand-by mode from 2010. This stand-by default is the first regulation, which decided in the framework of the eco-design directive the EU Member States reported the tagesschau. Goal is to reduce the environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle through better construction of the computer. “But the so-called concept of Green IT encompasses far more than just economical devices such as Ulrike Kalle, to report, white chemistry expert from Greenpeace: the manufacturer must perform the entire life cycle of their products: from the extraction of raw materials through production to the recycling of old devices”, so Kallee. Greenpeace campaigned since 2005 for eco-friendly electronics. Many manufacturers have since changed their environmental policies.
The company Apple about last year as a response to the Greenpeace campaign green my Apple announced, refrain from PVC and brominated flame retardants. Also the companies Bizerba has recognized from Balingen, that Green IT is not only environmentally friendly, but also lucrative savings offers. Air conditioners use to cool the devices in the data center with free-cooling function in the cold season the outside air for cooling. Additional chillers are used only on hot days. This energy consumption can be considerably reduced”, explains Matthias Harsch, a spokesman of at Bizerba’s Managing Director, in an interview with the online magazine NeueNachricht. And that seems needed. Because according to a Gartner estimate the IT industry produces as much carbon dioxide emissions as the global aviation. The estimates are based on the total energy that produce PCs, servers, telephone systems and networks in offices worldwide. “In the next 5 years of financial, environmental, legal and risk-bearing pressure on enterprises is stronger to make their organization green”, as Simon Mingay, Vice President of Gartner, in a report by Green-IT. Only a few managers had so far recognized the pollution caused by them.