Environmental


European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

European data centres to be climate neutral by 2030

At the end of January 2021, important cloud providers, data centre operators and IT industry associations agreed a European “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact”. The ambitious target: that, by 2030, all European data centres should operate sustainably – that is to say, to not increase the quantity of climate-damaging gases in the atmosphere. In doing so, they are complying with a demand made by the...

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A pack of lithium-ion cells of the 18650 format folded with a positive terminal up. Image with flare effect.

A Ray of Hope: Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion batteries currently dominate the market for energy storage. However, the Earth’s reserves of lithium are limited, scarce and expensive. Sodium-ion batteries would be cheaper and more sustainable, since sodium occurs in large quantities in nature and is much simpler to acquire than lithium. The technology already works, but it could be a while before it enters mass production. You find them in laptops, smartphones,...

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The problem with electronic waste…

The problem with electronic waste…

The latest technology quickly makes predecessor models from just a few years ago look old-fashioned – barely is a new piece of equipment on market, and it already feels outdated. Computing performance improves, screens become thinner and smartphones offer more and more functions. On average, electronic equipment in Germany is used for up to two years. Then it ends up in waste streams as electronic...

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Batteries as Storage in the Electricity Network

Batteries as Storage in the Electricity Network

Due to the energy transition and the higher proportion of renewable energy, batteries are becoming increasingly important as storage in the electricity network. They smooth over fluctuations resulting from weather-dependent energy sources such as solar and wind power, and ensure stable operation of the electricity network. Germany has set itself ambitious climate policy targets: by 2050, annual greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 80...

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The Green New Deal

The Green New Deal

The climate crisis is not a purely technical or scientific problem – it is a social problem. Our entire way of living – and society with it – must change to make the future more sustainable. Questions about the “right” way to live are receiving increased attention. The burning of fossil fuels, the horrific quantities of plastic in our seas, excessive meat consumption and much...

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Raw Materials for IT Products – Not Always Unproblematic

Raw Materials for IT Products – Not Always Unproblematic

All along the supply chain, the production of IT hardware is often associated with pollution and poor working conditions, which can even include forced labour. What is more, mineral raw materials such as tantalum, tin or tungsten sometimes lead to violent conflicts and fund armed groups, as is the case in DR Congo for example. Refurbished hardware is a sustainable alternative that reduces the consumption...

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Green Computing: Tips on Minimising Environmental Impact in Everyday Use

Green Computing: Tips on Minimising Environmental Impact in Everyday Use

Although the global crisis caused by the coronavirus has momentarily forced the topic of sustainability somewhat onto the back burner, it is still an issue that both enterprises and private users have to face up to. Careful use of resources, reduction of energy consumption and protection of the environment are just as important to IT today as they were before the pandemic. But what is...

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Green IT Refurbishing

Green IT Refurbishing

The refurbishing of IT hardware usually focuses on the refurbishment of end user devices such as PCs, laptops or smartphones. Today, however, we would like to introduce another area of used and reconditioned hardware: network technology. Reconditioning infrastructure devices such as switches or routers is particularly worthwhile, as new equipment is comparatively expensive and used equipment still offers many companies excellent performance. Not only this:...

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Using products for longer helps protect the environment

Using products for longer helps protect the environment

To help protect the environment, it is vital that we all use fewer resources. The best way to achieve this is by using existing products for longer. And not just IT equipment, but all the goods we use in our daily lives, such as furniture, bicycles, bags and suitcases. A new background paper from the German Federal Environmental Agency offers strategies for implementing this. The...

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The Right to Repair is Coming

The Right to Repair is Coming

The EU Commission has declared war on electrical waste. It is introducing stricter provisions for the Ecodesign Directive and wants to simplify the repair of electrical appliances such as televisions, monitors and refrigerators. As of 2021, manufacturers of certain electrical appliances will have to provide spare parts and instructions to repair businesses. For consumer protection organisations, the Directive doesn't go far enough. They are demanding...

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