Intel Corporation and Google joined with Dell, EDS, the Environmental Protection
Agency, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas and Electric, World Wildlife
Fund, and more than a dozen additional organizations today announcing their
intent to form the Climate
Savers Computing Initiative.
The goal of the new broad-based environmental effort is to save energy and reduce
greenhouse gas emissions by setting aggressive new targets for energy-efficient
computers and components, and promoting the adoption of energy-efficient computers
and power management tools worldwide.
"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, Operations, Google Inc. "The Climate Savers Computing Initiative
is setting a new 90 percent efficiency target for power supplies, which if achieved,
will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year -- and save
more than $5.5 billion in energy costs.
"We are asking businesses and individuals throughout the world to join
with us to institute better power management of their computing equipment and
purchase energy-efficient computers," Holzle added.
Initial companies who intend to participate in the initiative represent both
the demand and supply side of the computer industry, including computer manufacturers
and chip makers, as well as environmental groups, energy companies, retailers,
government agencies and more. The group will formalize its membership in coming
"By 2010, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative will cut greenhouse gas
emissions in an amount equal to removing more than 11 million cars from the
road or shutting down 20 500-megawatt coal-fired power plants -- a significant
step in reducing the emissions affecting our planet," said Pat Gelsinger,
senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group.
"Computers have helped us make huge strides toward a more efficient world
today, with reduced travel, more productivity, online transactions and more,"
Gelsinger added. "But with today's latest energy-efficient technologies,
we can do even more. The commitment of the member companies that are here with
us today is a firm statement to the collective resolve to make an enormous impact."
Computer and computer component manufacturers who support the initiative are
committed to building energy-efficient products that meet or surpass the EPA's
Energy Star guidelines. Businesses must also commit to requiring high efficiency
systems for the majority of their corporate desktop PCs and volume server purchases,
and to deploy and use power management tools on desktop PCs.
Individual consumers can also support the Climate Savers Computing Initiative
by signing up at Climate
Savers Computing, where they will be able to pledge to purchase an initiative-certified
system. The Web site will also help consumers learn how to take advantage of
their existing computer's power-saving capabilities such as sleep and hibernate
modes, which can reduce the amount of energy consumed by up to 60 percent.
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative licensed its name from the World Wildlife
Fund Climate Savers program, which involves several leading companies working
to reduce their carbon footprint.
"This is the first time our Climate Savers program has been applied to
an entire sector, engaging manufacturers, retailers, and consumers," said
John Donoghue, senior vice president for the WWF. "We are pleased to join
these industry leaders to provide solutions to address climate change."
The initiative's energy efficiency benchmarks will initially follow the EPA's
Energy Star guidelines; but with increasing requirements during the next several
years. For example, 2007 Energy Star specifications require that PC power supplies
meet at least 80 percent minimum efficiency. The initiative would require a
minimum of 90 percent by 2010. In addition, the initiative sets a higher efficiency
target in the power supply for volume servers (1U and 2U single-socket and dual-socket
systems): an increase from 85 percent to 92 percent efficiency by 2010.
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