Using the web to save the planet – one shoe at a time

Collective action, knowledge sharing and the collaborative economy are currently being boosted by digital, and could also potentially be crucial for energy transition – provided that they come hand-in-hand with responsible IT solutions and production modes. Thousands of pairs of shoes, including those of Pope Francis and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, covered Paris’ Place de la République on Sunday 29 November 2015 before the opening of the COP21, an event that was preceded by a major social media buzz. 4 tonnes of shoes were gathered in a week by international NGO Avaaz, according to Emma Ruby Sachs,...

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#Environment: "Data can make the invisible visible"

Can data and digital innovation help save the environment? From measuring CO2 emissions and assessing industrial or agricultural activity to tracking endangered species of flora and fauna, digital technologies can play a major role. Which of the following countries produces the most CO2 emissions from fuel combustion: France, Germany, China or the USA? Which country has increased or decreased its amount of emissions over the past few years? Jeremy Boy, a PhD student at INRIA (the Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique) has drawn up an interactive map (see below) using data visualisation which shows the...

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5 #ecofriendly tips for using digital more responsibly

By deleting 50 old emails you can help save the equivalent of 310,000 light bulbs for a year or 42 years of lighting up the Eiffel Tower! As daily users of electronic equipment and the web, we can limit our carbon footprint. Here are 5 best practices that are easy to remember and implement. Common or garden web users are among the biggest culprits: they account for the majority of greenhouse gas emissions (47 %) generated by digital technologies (compared with 28% for networks and 25% for data centres), according to website Green IT. So how can we take advantage...

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The volume and cost of recycling electronic products

With the volume of IT waste constantly on the rise and the importance of the environmental, economic and social implications, recycling equipment has become vital for ITC to contribute to sustainable development policies. WEEE: requirements for businesses Since 2005, companies are required by European decree to dispose of obsolete IT equipment in compliance with strict ecological standards. Since its initial version, the WEEE directive has been amended several times (see Recast of the WEEE Directive by the European Union). IT waste is one of the ten categories of WEEE (electrical and electronic waste) and includes ICT devices and peripherals:...

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Digitisation, Cloud, Data Centres: how green are they really?

A real green IT strategy requires more than just implementing eco-friendly measures: a company also needs state-of-the-art IT and data centre infrastructures. Document digitisation and unified communication Electronic documents, telepresence and videoconferencing are all key factors in a company’s sustainable development policy, both in the private and public sectors. Digitising documents (invoices, pay slips, internal and external information, etc.) reduces both paper and energy consumption, and has the added advantage of ensuring easier remote communication and collaboration. The benefits of digitisation in terms of productivity and cost reduction (for example by cutting down on paper consumption and business travel)...

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