‘Search engine giant Google and US semiconductor firm Intel have thrown their weight behind a massive scheme to reduce carbon dioxide emissions’, reports the BBC.
The initiative is an extension of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, which helps companies to reduce their harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Manufacturers who agree to the climate-saving program agree to design, produce and sell equipment that meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star standard of 80% initially. That will rise to 90% by 2010.
Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry.
In the UK, a new government taskforce has been formed to develop individual computers which use 98% less energy than standard PCs.