EPA welcomes Acer America as a Green Power Partner
Every so often, you hear about a major tech company making strides in going green and/or leaving a smaller carbon footprint. This time it's Acer America, which today announced an initiative to provide clean energy for its U.S.-based operations. Acer claims it purchased enough green power to offset 100 percent of its carbon emissions from electricity at all U.S. facilities -- more than 27 million kilowatt-hours of green power in the form of renewable energy credits (RECs) in all.
Planes, trains, and automobiles are often singled out as technologies that are destroying the planet, but whether we care to admit it or not, data centers are increasingly becoming part of the problem. An individuals lifetime of Google searches probably doesn’t add up to much, but multiply that across a billion inquiry’s per day, and you’ve got a carbon footprint big enough to give mother nature quite the ass kicking. Many companies have talked about ways to reduce the amount of fossil fuels needed to keep our massive server farms running, but Verne Global thinks they’ve found the answer, build it in Iceland.
You would think that with all the services Google offers, and in particular its hugely popular search and Gmail services, that Mother Nature would have a beef with all the energy being expended. You'd also be wrong, according to Google, which is making the claim that it's been carbon-neutral since 2007, and even the small amount of energy it does use is offset completely.
AMD wants you to know that you can use its new Fusion APUs without losing sleep at night worrying about Mother Nature. The reason? AMD's Fusion CPUs offer up to a 40 percent smaller carbon footprint compared to previous generation products, the chip maker says.
"AMD’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment spans our operations, our behaviors and the products we design," said Nigel Dessau, Chief Marketing Officer, AMD. "AMD Fusion APUs are a remarkable example of how a company’s business interests and environmental interests can align and result in innovative products that deliver incredible experiences, value, and significant energy and cost savings for consumers and businesses alike."
AMD said it studied the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an E-350 APU system and compared it to that of a previous generation rig running an Athlon Neo II dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430. According to AMD, the APU system generated 40.2 kg CO2e of GHG compared to 67.4kg CO2e, a 40.3 percent reduction over its estimated lifetime.
Dell frequently puffs its chest and talks about how awesome it is at reducing carbon footprints and getting along with Mother Nature, and Newsweek has taken notice. The OEM ranks No. 1 in Newsweek's "Green Rankings" list of U.S. companies, edging out Hewlett-Packard (No. 2) and IBM (No. 3).
Newsweek noted that Dell's laptops and desktops are now built to use 25 percent less energy than comparable systems made in 2005, which along with other efforts have saved customers some $5 billion in energy costs over the past few years. Newsweek also praised Dell for using 7.2 million pounds of post-consumer recycled plastic to build new PCs, the equivalent of recycling 263 million water bottles.
Technology companies dominated the list by accounting for eight of the top 10 spots, and 49 of the top 500 spots.
One of NEC's solutions to cutting back on energy consumption is to go small, as in 17 inches, which is the size of NEC's latest 'green' monitor, the AS171. According to NEC, the AS171 with a 4:3 aspect ratio consumes 21 percent less power than its predecessor and uses half the amount of mercury in its design.
"The 17-inch AS171 display brings variety and value to AccuSync Series users," said Lynn Gu, Product Manager for NEC Display Solutions. "We continuously see a strong demand for the 17-inch standard aspect ratio from enterprise and small-to-medium business sectors, and our goal with this display is to offer improved green technology, energy efficiency, and eco-friendly features."
One of those features is a new carbon footprint meter for tracking your carbon savings. But probably of more value to SMBs is the 2-step ECO Mode technology, which allows users to switch between two energy-savings modes.
Other specs include a 1280 x 1024 resolution, VGA and DVI connectivity, 900:1 contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and tilt adjustability.
NEC will begin shipping the AS171 this month for $160, noting that the backlight is included in the three-year parts and labor warranty.
According to the Department of Communities and Local Government, which compiled the list, the Met Office’s HQ owes 75% of its carbon footprint to the mean machine, capable of 1,000 billion calculations every second. The supercomputer hogs 1.2 megawatts of energy. 'We would be throwing ourselves back into the dark ages of weather forecasting if we withdrew our reliance on supercomputing, it's as simple as that,' a spokesman for the Met Office said, justifying the use of the £30million ($48 million) supercomputer.