History of Green ICT Regulations and Industry Initiatives
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a survey of over 90 government and industry initiatives on "Green ICT", i.e. Information and Communication Technologies that would affect and enable the conservation of the environment and positively mitigate the ever escalating impact of Information and Communication Technology on climate change.
The report concluded that the researched initiatives only concentrate on the Greening Information and Communication technologies rather than on the actual implementation of these technologies that adversely affect global warming and excessively contribute to overall environmental degradation. Only 20% of the researched initiatives had measurable targets, with government programs aiming to include targets more frequently than business associations.
Going further back in history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Energy Star Program (ESP) in 1992. This is a voluntary labeling program that was designed to promote and recognize energy-efficiency in Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors which were in existence at that time. The program also addressed climate control equipment and other electronics related technologies. A positive result from this initiative was the widespread adoption of sleep mode among all consumer electronics being produced since 1992 till date.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the Swedish Organization “TCO Development” launched the TCO Certification program that promotes low magnetic and electrical emissions from CRT-based computer displays; this program was later expanded to include a broader criteria on energy consumption, ergonomics, and the use of hazardous materials in construction.
Green ICT Standard IFGICT is a semi profit registered federation by UNFCCC – CDM (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – Clean Development Mechanism) as a Certified Service Provider for the provision of consultancy, training and implementation of energy efficient technology in the conformation and communication technology sector.
The Green ICT Standard IFGICT has recently been invited to join the IEEE – Technical Committee on Green Communications & Computing which is a chapter of the prestigious IEEE Communication Society (more info Click here)