Links

Tools

EPEAT is fast becoming the standard way to test the environmental credentials of a range of electronics equipment, PCs, Monitors, Notebooks, Netbooks etc.  I'm very glad they resisted the temptation to put a spurious r at the start of their name too.

Recycling Locator in the UK.  Don't know where to recycle your old electronic equipment?  Pop your post code into this handle tool to find your nearest ewaste recycling depot.

The Sustainable IT website is a great resource focused on Green IT in Universities.  They have this fantastic spreadsheet to help footprint your IT department. IT Carbon Footprint Spreadsheet We'd be interested in making a web based version of this if anyone is interested in partnering or helping fund the project.


Data Centres

The Green Grid is a consortium of data centre operators.  They have an online course, regular articles, energy efficiency tips and more.  If you have anything to do with data centres, you should familiarise yourself with the Green Grid.

The EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres is an excellent resource with lots of tips on energy efficiency in data centres.  They also have a list of participating companies and like the Green Grid sharing of best practise is a large part of the initiative.


Reports

For a listing of our Green IT reports, please see our report library.

Saving the climate @ the speed of light - The Worldwide Fund for Nature in the US has completed a number of reports looking at ICT and it's ability to reduce anthropogenic climate change. Once you get past the standard "Green IT" photos of laptops in grass, or someone using a laptop with a plant next to them, there is plenty of good information here about how technology can be the saviour rather than the villian.

Smart 2020 - A collaboration between the Climate Group and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, quotes the statistic that 15% of business as usual Greenhouse Gas Emissions can be reduced by ICT. Has sections on dematerialisation, smart grids, transport and more. Perhaps the most influential of all reports.

European Union -With catchy titles and case like "COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE AND THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS on mobilising Information and Communication Technologies to facilitate the transition to an energy-efficient, low-carbon economy" it's strange that this report hasn't been more widely circulated. In fairness though there is a lot of good European centric info in the reports the EU has produced, well worth a look at what people closer to policy makers are thinking.

Carbon Connections - A Vodfone initiative on how mobile could be used to tackle emissions in the European Union. Outlines 13 opportunities for mobile technology to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of Europe by 2.4% of expected output in 2020. Of course they see mobile as the solution in all cases, but still a thought provoking report.

Connected Urban Development - A programme by Cisco after they promised to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. I find this website fascinating, whilst not as large in scope as some of the reports above, a whole host of solutions like better public transport information, remote working, energy management and smart buildings. Some great futuristic thinking, and they are implementing these solutions in pilot cities which is even better.


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