Computers to go green
Ecology is focus of this year’s CeBIT
PCs, notebooks and mobile phones perform invaluable services, and we could hardly cope in our daily lives anymore without information and communication technology (ICT). However, ICT ravenously consumes large amounts of energy. The share of IT and entertainment electronics in overall electricity consumption in Germany is presently estimated at roughly eight per cent. Furthermore, the IT sector is responsible for some two percent of the world’s CO2 emissions. ”Manufacturers must make more efficient appliances available and educate consumers who can then consider energy efficiency when making purchases. This will lighten the load on the environment and the purse”, said Prof. Dr. Andreas Troge, President of the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). One important instrument that provides guidance on the market is the Blue Angel (Der Blaue Engel), which is now celebrating its 30th year. The Blue Angel labels ecological devices such as computers, printers or photocopiers. The computer industry has its sights on protection of the climate this year, and therefore ”Green IT” will be one focal point at the CeBIT.