Green Electronics

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  • Topic: Green computing, Electronic waste, Energy Star
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the study and practice of designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems—such as monitors, printers, storage devices, and networking and communications systems — efficiently and effectively with minimal or no impact on the environment."[1] The goals of green computing are similar to green chemistry; reduce the use of hazardous materials, maximize energy efficiency during the product's lifetime, and promote the recyclability or biodegradability of defunct products and factory waste. Many corporate IT department have Green Computing initiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of their IT operations CONCEPT : HOW IT ALL BEGAN

The importance of green technology was made evident when computing attained critical mass in the early 1990s. The late 1990s and early 2000s witnessed many regulatory milestones, and the recent years witness companies innovating to incorporate green technology. Green technology is the application of environmental science to offer economically viable solutions that conserve the natural environment and resources, and curb the negative impacts of human involvement. The proliferation of data centers required the constant addition of server, cooling and ventilation equipment that led to an ever-increasing demand of energy and increased presence of toxic and hazardous substances such as lead, mercury, cadmium, and others. This made people look at ways to apply green technology in computing to mitigate the serious environmental and health concerns. Some examples of the application of green technology in computing include: * reducing the use of environmentally hazardous materials like CFC, lead and others * promoting the use of recyclable materials and minimizing use of non-biodegradable components * promoting practices such as energy cost accounting, virtualization, eWaste recycling and the like * application of technology with change in lifestyle habits aimed at energy conservatio why?

Optimized Design
Products are designed to perform with sustainability and long term customer value in mind  Electronics design advances multi-functionality while reducing size, weight and material use. Packaging materials are reduced and incorporate recycled or recyclable materials. Product lifecycle is extended through upgrades, trade-in, trade-up, refurbishment and resale. Energy Efficiency

Product is ENERGY STAR® qualified. ENERGY STAR® is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. Energy efficient choices save families about one third on their energy bill with similar savings in greenhouse gas emissions. An ENERGY STAR® product does not sacrifice features, style or comfort. More at ENERGY STAR® Cleaner Materials

Electronics are RoHS compliant (Restricted use of Hazardous Substances).  RoHS is a European legislative initiative that on July 1, 2006 restricted the use of six hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products deemed harmful or toxic to human health and the overall environment. With some exceptions RoHS compliant products do not contain any Lead, Cadmium, Mercury, Hexavalent Chromium, Polybrominated Biphenyl and Polybrominated Biphenyl Ethers. Although not legislated in the U.S., consumers still benefit from many manufacturers who sell their products globally and have transitioned their overall manufacturing standards to meet the RoHS compliance standard. More about RoHS Alternative Energy

Product operates using alternative energy sources i.e. Solar, Wind, Kinetic, etc.  Alternative or renewable energy refers to the harnessing of clean and unlimited power sources like the sun, wind, water or even human power and converting that power into electricity through a device or system. Renewable energy is clean energy and does not emit any CO2 emissions associated with climate...
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