09 Aug '11, 9am

Reducing Energy Waste Over a Computer's Full Lifespan #cleantech #energy @microsoft_green @triplepundit

Reducing Energy Waste Over a Computer's Full Lifespan #cleantech #energy @microsoft_green @triplepundit

The purchase of too many computers that are then underutilized can also have negative environmental consequences. Manufacturing of computers consumes a significant amount of energy, water, and raw materials (including so called “conflict minerals.”) Such equipment typically becomes e-waste within just a few years. In the European Union, for instance, no more than one-third of e-waste is responsibly recycled in a verifiable way. The remaining e-waste often ends up in landfills or is shipped to developing countries, where it is typically dismantled using methods that can often contaminate the surrounding land, air, and water with toxic metals and chemical compounds, threatening the health of unprotected workers and others in the surrounding areas.

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/08/waste-user-energy-waste/

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