New Technology Blamed For Its Energy Consumption
from the the-green-tube dept
Environmental activists have increasingly been pointing fingers at the tech sector due to the amount of energy that gets consumed in the construction and use of various devices. When it comes to corporate IT, however, this concern seems rather misplaced, since the adoption of technology is typically done with an eye towards increasing efficiency. Rather than there being a conflict between the environment and new technology, new technology is a boon to efforts at reducing energy consumption. A new report out of the UK implicates consumer electronics for their energy use, noting that new high definition TVs, for example, consume more electricity than old tube-based sets. That may be true, but consider the various unseen cost savings. Old TVs weren’t a substitute for driving to the theater or the video store. It’s also hard to imagine that the production of a “clunky” old TV was a particularly clean process given the various raw materials involved. Almost all new consumer electronics are a replacement for something that was more wasteful (MP3s vs. CDs). Fortunately, the author of the study isn’t calling for anything too drastic, though she does encourage consumers to at least turn off their devices when not in use. Whatever your view on the question is, that sounds like good advice.