The BBC reports that Google and Intel have shown support for a scheme that aims to significantly reduce CO2 emissions:
The scheme is expected to cut emissions by 54 million tonnes a year – equal to 11 million cars or 20 coal-fired power plants, company officials say.
Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Microsoft have all signed up to the campaign.
Computers and other IT equipment have been blamed for causing as much global warming as the airline industry.
We too can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by adopting green computing. Some measures that you and I, as normal computer users, can adopt include:
- Shutting down and powering off our computers when we’re not using it
- Switching off the monitor when our workstations are unattended; leaving it on standby still consumes electricity
- Enable power saving mode for desktops and laptops
- If you’re looking to replace that old CRT monitor of yours, purchase an LCD monitor. It might be slightly more expensive, but it consumes much less electricity
- Avoid overclocking your computer as this practice is not only potentially unsafe, it also makes your CPU work extra hard; thus consuming more power
Remember, taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility; not just big corporations like Google and Intel.