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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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Circular economy and recycling electronic waste

Eco-design, re-using and refurbishing end-of-life products to create new resources are what the circular economy is all about. Find out more about the circular economy and the sustainable development initiatives some hardware manufacturers are implementing. What is a circular economy? This means re-using, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products. What used to be regarded as ‘waste’ can be turned into a resource. All resources need to be managed more efficiently throughout their life cycle. Using resources more efficiently will also bring new growth and job opportunities. Better eco-design, waste prevention and reuse can bring net savings for...

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"Standby" mode and hidden electricity costs

You may think you’re being responsible and energy-conscious by putting your smart device on standby or switching it off, but even this isn’t enough. According to the IEA (International Energy Agency), other technological measures and policies are needed to substantially reduce the electrical consumption of “Off” and “Standby’” modes, whilst remaining connected. Even while on standby, connected devices consume too much power In a report entitled “More Data, Less Energy”, the International Energy Agency published data on the electrical consumption of PCs, mobile devices, cable TV boxes and games consoles connected 24/7. The ever-increasing use of network-enabled devices is...

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How to improve the carbon footprint of PCs

End-user devices, and in particular PCs, account for a huge proportion of the carbon footprint of ICT. But according to experts, the energy cost and overall carbon footprint could be substantially reduced by adopting mobile devices and implementing best practices. PCs shamed for their cost to the environment In order to determine the CO² emissions of ICT and identify possible improvements, a report entitled “SMARTer2020: The role of ICT in driving a sustainable future’’ by GeSi and the Boston Consulting  Group divides ICT into 3 main categories: data centres, networks and end-user devices. Of the three, end-user devices have...

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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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