Is the IT Industry a Clean Industry?
By: Kelly, Summer, & Khrys'tena
The use of 'smart' products and newer technology has increased the efficiency of water and power use in everyday life and decreased the use of paper.
Amount of resources used during manufacture
Speed at which products become obsolete and new ones are manufactured
The use of dangerous chemicals in the manufacturing process (affecting factory workers)
The amount of power consumed by IT equipment
The pollution caused by old IT equipment when it is discarded
US found that electricity costs account for half of the total IT expenditure in businesses and the cooling equipment accounts for almost half of the energy used
Data Centers- buildings which contain hundreds/thousands of computer servers and the equipment required to cool them, all running continuously
large amounts of energy are consumed by data centers
source of energy is normally non renewable resources
Green Peace issues warning about data center power
technology giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook power their data centers with non-renewable energy sources
Green Peace estimates that data centers will use 1,962 billion kilowatt hours of electricity by 2020
Solution: renewable energy sources to reduce pollution