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General FAQ
 

Who can participate in the Initiative? How?

What are the membership types?

How can my company participate if we’re not a PC, server, power supply or component vendor?

What are the tech specs of the Initiative?

How do I find a Climate Savers Computing-compatible PC or server?

How does the Climate Savers Computing Initiative work with Energy Star?

What are the details of the Energy Star 4.0 specification?

How much energy do computers really waste?

If computers waste 50% of the power they draw from the wall, what happens to the wasted power?

Do you have any plans to extend the Climate Savers Computing Initiative to other components/products?

How do you protect the privacy of individuals who sign up for the program?

What exactly am I agreeing to when I sign my company up for a Climate Savers membership?

How do I set the power management settings on my computer? Are you going to develop a tool for this?

It is true that power management doesn’t work with networked computers?

Are you available to speak/participate at an event?

How can I contact individual Climate Savers Computing Initiative member companies?

How does this program differ from World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers initiative?

Which products are included in the Climate Savers Computing product catalog?

Do you have plans to expand the Initiative to include e-waste, manufacturing and other aspects of the computing industry that impact the environment?

 
 
Who can participate in the Initiative? How?
 
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative brings together:
 
  • Consumers are encouraged to participate by using power-management tools on their PCs and by purchasing energy-efficient systems in the future.
  • Computer and component manufacturers commit to developing products that meet or exceed the Initiative’s efficiency standards.
  • Corporate Buyers commit to requiring high-efficiency systems for a majority of their corporate PC and volume server computer purchases, and to using power-management tools on PCs.
  • Environmental and consumer organizations who commit to educating end users about the benefits of energy-efficient computers and power-management tools for home use.
  • Energy companies commit to providing rebate programs for purchasers of products that meet or exceed the Initiative’s efficiency standards.
 
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What are the membership types?
 
Individuals are encouraged to support the Initiative by pledging to use power management, and to make high-efficiency systems a requirement for their next computer purchase.
 
Organizations can participate as one of two member types:
 
  • Associate members are hardware and software vendors who agree to deliver products that meet or exceed the Program Criteria. Associate Member dues are $2,500 annually.
  • Affiliate members are organizations that agree to purchase computers that meet or exceed the Program Criteria. Affiliate membership is free and open to any type of organization.
In addition to Associates and Affiliates, the Initiative has Sponsors and a Board of Directors. Sponsor and Board-level membership is by invitation only. For more information, contact
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How can my company participate if we’re not a PC, server, power supply or component vendor?
 
We encourage all companies who use computing equipment to participate in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative as Affiliate members. By joining the Initiative as Affiliate members, equipment buyers commit to specifying high-efficiency systems for their corporate personal computer and volume server computer purchases, as set forth in the Program Criteria.
 
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What are the tech specs of the Initiative?
 

In terms of energy-efficient computing, the standards set by the U.S. government’s groundbreaking Energy Starprogram are a step in the right direction. But the Climate Savers Computing Initiative believes that, together, we can exceed these minimum requirements. We’re asking manufacturers, businesses and individuals to join us by committing to more aggressive standards for energy efficiency.

The Initiative starts with the 2007 Energy Star4.0 requirements for desktops, laptops and workstation computers—including monitors—and gradually increases the efficiency requirements over the next four years. The Initiative’s standard for these machines, which took effect in July 2007, requires power supplies to be at least 80% efficient for most of their load range. It also puts limits on the energy used by devices when inactive, and requires systems to be shipped with power-management features enabled.

The program criteria also set minimum efficiency requirements for motherboards. In the first year of the program, participants will define a measurement protocol for measuring aggregate motherboard conversion efficiency and will set targets for years 2–4. (Motherboard efficiency includes DC-DC converters as well as resistive losses from motherboard interconnects.) We anticipate target efficiency levels for motherboards to start around 85% and to increase to over 90% by the end of the program.

In addition to efficiency specifications, the Initiative asks companies to utilize advanced power management features such as the "sleep" or "hibernate" settings on client PCs. The initial power management policies require PCs to turn off the display after 15 minutes of inactivity, and put the system into "sleep" mode after 30 minutes of inactivity.

Efficiency requirements for PCs are as follows:

  1. From July 2007 through June 2008, PCs must meet the Energy Star requirements. This means 80% minimum efficiency for the power supply unit (PSU) at 20%, 50% and 100% of rated output; a power factor of at least 0.9 at 100% of rated output; and meeting the maximum power requirements in standby, sleep and idle modes.
  2. From July 2008 through June 2009, the standard increases to 85% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 82% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output).
  3. From July 2009 through June 2010, the standard increases to 88% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 85% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output).
  4. From July 2010 through June 2011, the standard increases to 90% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 87% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output).
In addition, the Initiative sets the following high-efficiency targets for volume servers (1U/2U single- and dual-socket servers):
  1. From July 2007 through June 2008, volume servers must have 85% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 81% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output), and a power factor of at least 0.9 at 100% of rated output.
  2. From July 2008 through June 2009, the standard increases to 89% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 85% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output).
  3. From July 2009 through June 2010, the standard increases to 92% minimum efficiency for the PSU at 50% of rated output (and 88% minimum efficiency at 20% and 100% of rated output).

     

 
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How do I find a Climate Savers Computing-compatible PC or server?
 

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative offers an online product catalog containing energy-efficient PCs, laptops, servers, motherboards, power supplies, power supply components, and power management software. 

 
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How does the Climate Savers Computing Initiative work with Energy Star?
 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced its support for the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, and in the first year the Climate Savers Computing Initiative recommends desktop and laptop PCs that are compliant with the EPA’s Energy Star 4.0 requirements.

 
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What are the details of the Energy Star 4.0 specification?
 

Visit the Energy Star website for a detailed description of the specification.

 
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How much energy do computers really waste?
 
In a typical desktop PC, nearly half the power coming out of the wall is wasted and never reaches the processor, memory, disks or other components.2

In offices, homes and data centers, the added heat from inefficient computers can increase the demand on air conditioners and cooling systems, making the computing equipment even more expensive to run. Servers are typically more efficient than desktops, but still waste 30–40% of the input power. With proven technology that actually saves money in the long run, the vast majority of these energy losses can be eliminated.

In addition, there is a significant opportunity to reduce overall energy consumption by putting systems into a lower power-consuming state when they are inactive for long periods of time. Even though most of today’s desktop PCs are capable of automatically transitioning to a sleep or hibernate state when inactive, about 90% of systems have this functionality disabled.

2 The Climate Savers Computing Initiative promotes efforts to increase the use and effectiveness of power-management features by educating computer users on the benefits of these tools and by working with software vendors and IT departments to implement best practices. For a typical business desktop user, implementing advanced power-management policies alone—without compromising productivity—could save 60% of the electricity consumed.3

 
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If computers waste 50% of the power they draw from the wall, what happens to the wasted power?
 
The wasted power is expended as heat, which means that on top of the cost of running the computer, you may also be spending more on air conditioning to cool your home or office.
 
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Do you have any plans to extend the Climate Savers Computing Initiative to other components/products?
 
We currently have no plans to expand the scope of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative beyond increasing the power efficiency of personal computers and volume servers.
 
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How do you protect the privacy of individuals who sign up for the program?
 
All individual member information gathered by Climate Savers Computing Initiative is treated as confidential and will not shared with other companies. The Initiative will not utilize member information other than for pre-agreed upon Initiative communication. Further, individual members will not be listed by name on the Initiative web site.
 
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What exactly am I agreeing to when I sign my company up for a Climate Savers membership?
 
For specific information on what companies commit to when joining, please review the membership agreement at /associate.html . To summarize, within the program's first year, participating businesses should require that all new corporate PCs meet the Energy Star rating, and similarly require 85% minimum power-supply efficiency for volume server purchases.

In subsequent years, we're asking companies to purchase systems with increasing levels of efficiency. We expect that the price premium for meeting the high-efficiency target ratings in any year will be less than $20 per PC and less than $30 per server and will decline toward zero over time. The details of commitments requested from participants are described in our Whitepaper at /tools/index.html.

 
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How do I set the power management settings on my computer? Are you going to develop a tool for this?
 
For instructions on how to enable power management on your computer, please visit /tools/pwr_mgmt.html . We are considering developing a tool that will help users control the power management settings on their systems. Please check back regularly for updates.
 
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It is true that power management doesn’t work with networked computers?
 
On some systems, sleep mode can interfere with certain network settings. This is most applicable in environments with older systems that need to stay continuously connected so the network administrator can “push” administrative software updates to the individual computers. You can find more information about this situation on the EPA's Energy Star web site at http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=power_mgt.pr_pm_step2 , including tips and technologies for successfully using power management in networked environments.
 
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Are you available to speak/participate at an event?
 
We welcome speakership/event opportunities. Please forward the following information to events (at) climatesaverscomputing.org:
 
  • When and where is the event?
  • When do you need a commitment by?
  • What would the representative from Climate Savers be speaking about?
  • Are there any specific speaker requirements (title, company type, etc.)?
  • How many people do you expect at the event?
  • Where is this event held?
  • What other companies will be represented at the event?
 
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How can I contact individual Climate Savers Computing Initiative member companies?
 
You can contact the Climate Savers Computing Initiative at contact (at) climatesaverscomputing.org. We can forward inquiries to individual member companies, but we can not guarantee that you will receive a response.
 
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How does this program differ from WWF’s Climate Savers Initiative?
 
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative was started in the spirit of WWF’s Climate Savers program, which mobilizes leading companies to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In partnership with WWF, companies commit to absolute, measurable greenhouse gas reduction targets. By 2010, Climate Savers companies will reduce their carbon dioxide pollution by over ten million tons each year, the equivalent of taking 2 million cars off the road. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is an extension of WWF’s model and seeks to increase the energy efficiency of IT equipment, by challenging IT equipment manufacturers to develop and sell products with higher energy efficiency, and to encourage IT users to buy those products. We aim to reduce 54 million tons of carbon by 2010.
 
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Which products are included in the Climate Savers Computing product catalog?
 
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative online catalog is a resource for individuals and companies to find products that comply with the Initiative. The catalog includes desktop PCs, laptops, servers and other products that meet high energy efficiency metrics. In the first year of the program, Climate Savers Computing Initiative compliant PCs, laptops, and workstations must comply with the Energy Star 4.0 standard. Volume servers (1U/2U single- and dual-socket servers) must have a minimum 85 percent efficient power supply unit (PSU) to be included. Other products in the catalog may include power supplies, components that go into power supplies, power supply components that go into PCs or servers, motherboards, and power management software.

For detailed technical specifications, see /program/faq.html#4.

 
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Do you have plans to expand the Initiative to include e-waste, manufacturing and other aspects of the computing industry that impact the environment?
 
As our name implies, we chose to focus on climate change as one of the most pressing environmental issues of our era. We know that the technology exists today to meet the projected doubling of energy demand by 2050, while avoiding temperature change above 2 degrees Celsius, which is widely recognized as the tipping point for the most dangerous climate change impacts.

The average desktop PC wastes almost half the power it consumes, as heat, and the average server wastes about 30 percent of its consumed power. In achieving the ambitious metrics set out, we will have gone a long way towards driving these inefficiencies out of the IT market.

We believe that by focusing on one specific issue and rallying the industry behind it, we can foster the very real change that is needed to address climate change's causes and consequences. Our initiative focuses on climate change; we refer parties interested in the super set of IT issues to the good work being done by colleague organizations like EPEAT.

 
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