10 March, 2008
This year’s CEBIT (the world’s biggest IT technology fair) was all about greening the computer and related technologies’ sector. Although the global ICT industry has discovered the environmental and energy impacts of its production and use, companies still have a long way to go in terms of action, says a new report published during the Hannover fair by Greenpeace.
The Greenpeace report tested 37 products from 14 major electronics brands evaluating them against green criteria such as the use of hazardous substances, energy efficiency and the product lifecycle (recyclability and upgradeability). Several market leaders such as Apple and Microsoft did not provide any data and were therefore not included in the study.
Sony notebooks and Dell PCs got some of the highest ratings, although Greenpeace underlines that even these companies still have a lot of challenges ahead.
According to a 2007 Gartner report, the ICT sector accounts for approximately 2 percent of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, a figure equivalent to the aviation sector.Author : Willy De Backer