Climate Savers Computing Initiative Takes Green Message to Trade Shows

The Climate Savers Computer Initiative’s (CSCI) recent sponsorship of CeBIT, one of the world’s largest IT trade shows, is evidence of a growing trend of the industry embracing the green movement. CSCI takes its doctrine of energy efficiency to a number of programs, events and conferences, but as a main sponsor of CeBIT, it will have the opportunity to thoroughly present its message.

Its goal, in the short term at least, is to reduce the power consumption of computers by 50 percent by 2010. With the help of such partners as Google, Intel, Dell and HP, CSCI has the industry support to reach this goal.

Barbara Grimes, spokesperson for CSCI, said it’s important to sponsor events like CeBIT to give companies and individuals a starting point to go green, as they can view it as an overwhelming enterprise.

“We think of ourselves as the first step an IT department might take in deploying a green IT strategy,” Grimes said. “There’s a whole breadth of things you can do to reduce your electricity consumption and therefore your CO2 emissions — everything from lowering your raw power consumption to choosing products that incorporate more eco-friendly materials and manufacturing processes.”

CSCI points to independent research that says, among other things, that half of the power used by a desktop PC is wasted in the form of heat, never reaching the hard drive or the processor. CSCI advocates that companies buy more energy-efficient, green-oriented computing equipment in the future…



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