Posted by: stevanustanly | February 11, 2011

Green Computing

Green Computing

Global warming has become perhaps the most complicated

issue facing the world today’s. Climate change, extreme

weather conditions, ecological disruption, the increasing of

global temperature, global warming have serious impacts

to environment and society which we can clearly feel from

now. It needs an action for you and all of us to reduce the

impact of global warming.


 

 

BACKGROUND

As we know that climates condition and glass house effect has become a serious problem facing the world today. It becomes primary concern from the major countries in the world since the last few decades. Although not everyone believes into the theory of global warming or believes that human actions have such a significant impact on the environment and even scientists share different opinions. However,there is enough evidence to prove that the earth’s resources are limited, so precautions must be taken for the future of our ecosystem. Information technology itself considered plays a certain role in the problem of climate change and global warming issues, yet on the other hand it evidently motivates enterprises to adapt Green IT.

It’s no secret that data centers and computer networks account for an exceedingly high percentage of many companies’ total energy consumption. A report on 2009 by Gartner, industry analysts, said the global IT industry generated as much greenhouse gas as the world’s airlines – about 2% of global CO2 emissions and data centers are among the most energy-intensive facilities. By this, we can imagine how large the energy consumption of every company in this world that runs computer network and data center. Most business leaders need to be quick in adapting Green IT such as improving power management, using energy-efficient hardware or adapting virtualization technology. The use of green IT is to save money and energy while reducing carbon footprints and preserving the environment.Since two years ago, Biznet replaced telephone system over IP phones (VoIP) which requires less energy to operate than other compatible systems. Biznet Technovillage Project located in Cibubur, West Java, will have many green concept in terms of building design, landscape, power efficiency, lighting and data center cooling. By using solar panel for lighting, Biznet aimed to cut gas emission and save more energy. A Cloud Computing service, which will be ready in coming months, will provide shared computing facility (virtualization) in a secure environment.

GREEN COMPUTING

“Greening” your computing equipment is a low-risk way for your business to not only help the environment but also reduce costs. It’s also one of the largest growing trends in business today. “Making a conscious decision to go green in the workplace, not only improves your bottom line, but also reduces your carbon footprint. It’s a win-win no matter how you look at it”, says Shawn Nesbitt, the founder of Simple Network Consulting. Reducing energy usage, which also reduces carbon dioxide emissions and your energy bill, is the most effective thing you can do. The average PC wastes about half the energy provided to it, according to the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, an industry group dedicated to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. You should encourage employees to shut down their PCs or put them into sleep mode when not working on them. Nesbitt recommends implementing thin clients produced by Neoware to reduce the TCO of your company’s computing environment.

How Did Green Computing Start?

 

Green computing started as early as 1992, when the EPA created Energy Star, which is a voluntary labeling program that promotes energy efficient computing equipment and technologies. It was because of this program that many computer manufacturers launched sleep mode and millions of computer users around the world began to adopt this policy to help save energy when they were not using their computers. The term green computing began to be used around this same time as well, and began to become a goal that more companies strive to meet over the years.

There are several government agencies that have continued to help strive for better standards for computers and companies to help promote green computing. Energy star was actually revised in October of 2006 to make the requirements more strict for computers, and also implemented a ranking system for products. Because of these new requirements, there are over 20 states that have now established a special recycling program for old computers and electronics to help with green computing.

Green IT Systems

 

Many of today’s IT systems are beginning to rely on both people and hardware to help push their computer systems toward a more green computing system to help both the company and more. This is a hard balance to achieve, as it requires that the satisfaction of users, management, regulatory compliance, and even the disposal of computer waste is all managed so that everyone is the circle is happy with the outcome. But, many companies are learning the best ways that they can go more green when it comes to their computing and also help their business in the process.

While many home computer users may not be quite as familiar with green computing as larger firms or computer personell, this term is starting to become more mainstream and the requirements better for new computers to help both the companies and the end user of the equipment – as well as our environment.

 

REDUCING PAPER WASTE

Rather than creating a paperless office, computer use has vastly increased paper consumption and paper waste. Here are some suggestions for reducing waste:

  • Print as little as possible. Review and modify documents on the screen and use print preview. Minimize the number of hard copies and paper drafts you make.
  • Instead of printing, save information to disk.
  • Recycle waste paper.
  • Buy and use recycled paper in your printers and copiers. From an environmental point of view, the best recycled paper is 100 percent post consumer recycled content. For more information about obtaining recycled paper, contact Simple Network Consulting for more information.
  • Do not print out un-necessary e-mail messages.
  • Use e-mail instead of faxes or send faxes directly from your computer to eliminate the need for a paper copy.
  • Before recycling paper, which has print on only one side, set it aside for use as scrap paper or for printing drafts.
  • When general information-type documents must be shared within an office, try circulating them instead of making an individual copy for each person. This can also be done easily by e-mail.

Choose Eco-Friendly Office Products & Solutions

 

Reduce the amount of electricity consumption by using eco-friendly office products such as LED desk lamps that use 90 percent less power than lamps using incandescent bulbs. You can also Review the company’s IT equipment closely. Many of the computer companies, IBM in particular, are offering green solutions to reduce power usage and to help trade up old equipment.


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