A look at some of the technology Intel currently has in active R&D shows ways to save energy within the data centre or PC and new ways to recharge laptop batteries while on the road. Intel says many of these developing technologies are years away from being rolled out in final form.
IT companies of all sizes are looking to join the push toward greater energy efficiency by creating new power management tools that can curb carbon emissions. Cisco Systems is one company that is offering new software called “EnergyWise” that can monitor the energy consumption of different electronic devices.
IT is a serious polluter – but it’s also the key to reducing carbon outputs, says Dr Hamadoun Touré of the ITU. We can use technology to slash our emissions, and still save the third world, he says. And while we are about it, why does every phone ship with a new power supply?