The IT industry is going green, according to a report from the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, which found the IT sector is on target to achieve CSCI's reduction goal by the end of its 2010 fiscal year in June 2011.
A study by Climate Savers Computing Initiative shows what CompTIA called a "sizable
reduction" in the annual CO2 emissions associated with IT equipment. According
to the study, the IT sector has reduced CO2 emission associated with IT
equipment by more than 32 million metric tons worldwide since 2007.
CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association for the IT industry, is a sponsor of
CSCI, a global industry coalition formed in 2007 to reduce the environmental
impact of new and emerging IT equipment through energy efficiency. The study
was conducted by Natural Logic to assess progress of CSCI's goal of reducing
annual CO2 emissions from the IT sector by 54 million metric tons by June 2011.
The research showed that annual CO2 emissions from IT equipment have decreased
by 32 million to 36 million metric tons worldwide since 2007, equivalent to
taking nine coal-fired power plants offline and equal to more than $2 billion
in annual energy savings.
Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of
CompTIA, said the results of the study indicate that the industry is on the
right track. "Our members remain committed and dedicated to CSCI's energy
efficiency mission," he said. "We look forward to helping achieve
even greater CO2 emission reductions in the coming years."
Additionally, the study indicated the IT sector is on target to achieve CSCI's
reduction goal by the end of its 2010 fiscal year in June 2011. The
organization said it plans to expand its focus to include commercial and home
networking systems and devices. CSCI will begin by setting new energy efficiency
criteria for networking technologies. These new criteria will be developed by
working with members and through alliances with the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency and others, the organization stated.
As part of this expansion, commercial and residential routers and switches,
commercial WLAN, and security and access devices will be incorporated into the
organization's environmental mission, with the goal of reducing annual CO2
emissions by an additional 38 million metric tons by 2015. CSCI said this will
result in $5 billion in annual energy cost savings.
The study covered the first three program years of CSCI, from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2010. Data was
compiled by examining member companies' progress on power-management adoption
and market data, including shipment and installed-base information, PSU
efficiency levels, number of units sold worldwide, operating systems in use,
market research, and estimates from industry analysts.
"As the number of networked devices continues to increase, the energy
demands on networks and networking equipment will increase in step," said
Rick Bauer, director of product management for CompTIA. "With this growth,
there is significant energy and cost savings potential. CSCI and CompTIA
recognize that in order to achieve end-to-end computing energy efficiency, we
must address the energy used by connected devices and their interaction with