Computing  for SustainabilityComputers drive our world. Without them, our entire society would grind to a halt. They have become so ingrained in our lives for the past 30 years, we can’t imagine life without them. They are in our cars, phones, televisions and even in our simple appliances. All these computers generate a lot of electricity and electricity is powered by fossil fuels. As a result, the computer industry contributes greatly to climate change. By making the computing industry and computers themselves more sustainable, it is possible to put a huge dent in climate change. To that end, there is the Green Computing Conference.

Millions of computers are running and  producing tonnes of greenhouse gases.

Green Computing Conference

The Green Computing Conference is a public form that presents and discusses research on topics associated with sustainability and energyefficiency in computing. In the conference, panels, workshops and technical programs are held. It is cosponsored by the IEEE. Some of the things brought up at the conference include low-power electronics and software, power-aware software and
hardware, power-efficient delivery and cooling, life-cycle analysis of IT equipment, renewable energy models and predictions, energy harvesting, storage and recycling and using IT to reduce carbon emissions.

This conference brings together the world leaders in computing and helps use their collective minds to find solutions to the energy
problems the computing industry has created. The computer has changed immensely over 30 years, but still is a huge draw on power. Conferences like the GCC help to change it further, into a green product that drives our world but does not destroy it.

Singapore scene

In Singapore, green computing has become almost standard. In October 2012, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and Building and Construction Authority (BCA) implemented new standards to deal with data centres. One such centre in Singapore consumes the same amount of energy as 10,000 houses. There are 20 other centres of such size, with an expected increase of these centres by 51 percent in the next two years.

The BCA-IDA now persuades data centres to use an energy-efficient design. As a result, many centres have actually achieved a BCA-IDA Green mark Award thanks to their efforts to optimize performance. The Abbott Laboratories Singapore earned the award recently, saving one million kilowatt hours annually once it is up and running.

One data centre in Singapore consumes the same amount of energy as 10,000 houses.

Programs like the BCA-IDA Green Mark Award are helping to make Singapore a greener place. Singapore is one of the most technologicallyadvanced places on the planet. Millions of computers are running and producing tonnes of  greenhouse gases. Singapore is working to make the entire computer industry more environmentally-friendly.

The Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation is doing just that. It endorses professional level certifications through authorized training partners. The course is for fourdays, led by a qualified instructor, and a one-day elective with an authorized vendor, to help businesses go green in Singapore with their computers.

As a consumer, it is up to you to change the world. You can choose to buy computers that are sustainable. You can go to an internet service provider that uses green technology to prevent the release of unneeded greenhouse gases. You can choose to only buy products from green providers. You are the change, and it is important that you realize that.

Green computing will one day become standard, but if consumers can begin buying green computers and pushing for green solutions on server farms, that standard will arrive much, much sooner.

– Craig Baird

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