Computer giants join forces on green initiative

IT companies team up in eco-friendly move to save $5.5 billion in PC energy costs.

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By  Michele Howe Published  June 14, 2007

Chip giant Intel and search engine Google have teamed up with a host of other IT companies in a bid to save over $5.5 billion in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tonnes per year through computer usage.

The firms - which also include Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and Microsoft - have united with environmental organisations including the Environmental Protection Agency and the World Wildlife Fund, to form the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.

Members of the initiative are aiming to reduce harm on the environment by cutting down greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tonnes per year by 2010 - equivalent to removing more than 11 million cars from the road or shutting down 20 coal-fired power plants.

In addition to pledging to build energy-efficient products, the group will also work to promote the adoption of energy-efficient computers and power management tools to businesses.

"Today, the average desktop PC wastes nearly half of its power, and the average server wastes one-third of its power," said Urs Holzle, senior vice president of operations at Google.

"The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is setting a new 90% efficiency target for power supplies, which if achieved, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tonnes per year - and save more than $5.5 billion in energy costs," he added.

Other IT firms that are backing the initiative include AMD, LANDesk Software, and Sun Microsystems.

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