Technology needs energy and raw materials to be produced, but it becomes waste as soon as it reaches the end of its life.
Re-using more and throwing out less is better for the planet – and can also benefit your organisation’s bottom line.
How much do you know about making your IT more efficient and more responsible?
I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use. – Mother Teresa
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Estimates vary, but most people agree that IT accounts for roughly what proportion of the energy used by the human race?
- 0.1 percent
- 2 percent
- 12 percent
In data centre efficiency, what does PUE stand for?
- Potential Uptake of Electricity
- Precise Unit of Efficiency
- Power Usage Effectiveness
Google's data centre in Hamina, Finland, is cooled by what?
- Sea water
In most cases, what will save your company more energy - a more efficient data centre, or turning off your PCs at night?
- Data centre efficiency by a long way
- Definitely turning off PCs
- In most organisations, about the same
If today's server rooms are run more efficiently, server rooms will get colder, TRUE or FALSE?
The European Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive governs the disposal of e-waste. In what year did it become a European Law?
Microsoft has proposed making data cenrtres self-sufficient by co-locating them with what?
- Landfill sites
- Solar cell arrays
- Wind farms
- Steve Ballmer
What is the most important reason why Iceland is a good location for data centres?
- The air temperature allows for year-round air-cooling
- The country has a surplus of reliable, renewable energy
- Local building rules allow unconstrained development
- Super-fast fibre connections to everywhere
In most cases, what is the biggest contributor to a mobile phone's carbon footprint?
- Battery charging and over-charging
- Network electricity used in making calls
- Manufacture and shipping
- Badly written applications
What is Yahoo's data centre design in Qunicy, Washngton inspired by?
- An idea from Microsoft
- A chicken coop
- A cow-shed
- A nuclear bunker
According to calculations by Amazon, how many square metres of land are required to house enough solar panels for one square meter of data centre space?
What is the name of IBM's green flagship initiative?
- Smart World
- Smarter Planet
- Greener World
- Think Green
In April 2012, how did O2 reduce its carbon footprint by 12.2 tonnes?
- An outage made the network unavailable for a day
- O2 sent all of its staff home for the day
- It routed all calls over IP for the day
Technology uses energy, but it can also save energy by reducing real-world waste. According to the UN, what is the key technology for energy saving?
- Smart meters
- Cloud computing
What percentage of your smartphone's energy is wasted by free apps?
- Up to 25 percent
- Up to 50 percent
- Up to 75 percent
The earth can't continue to provide energy and resources at the rate the human race consumes them. If we don't act now, our children might end up living in barren deserts. You need to find out more so you can start making a difference.
Well, you've paid some attention to your carbon footprint, but there's lots more you need to learn. Keep at it, because saving mother Earth requires constant effort.
You've clearly got the message, and we bet you are spreading it to your colleagues. It can go a long way towards making the world a better, greener place, and you are well placed to help that happen.