Climate Savers Computing – News – Press Releases – June 9, 2010


June 9, 2010


AUSTIN, Texas, June 9, 2010 — National Instruments, a global hardware and software developer, has joined the Climate Savers Computing Initiative, a nonprofit group of businesses, consumers, and conservation organizations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of IT equipment.


National Instruments was part of the initiative’s power management implementation pilot program, during which it worked with 1E, a software and services company that improves IT efficiency by identifying and reducing costs and waste in hardware, software, energy, and time. National Instruments selected NightWatchman® PC power management software from 1E and deployed it across 150 computers. The result—a projected 33 percent energy savings on laptops and a projected 50 percent savings on desktops—helped the company justify broad deployment of computer power management.


National Instruments joins other industry-leading members of Climate Savers Computing to work toward greater adoption of energy-efficient computing practices by increasing awareness of high-efficiency computing systems and use of computer power management. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative’s goal is to reduce global CO2 emissions by 54 million tons per year by the end of its 2010 fiscal year, which is equivalent to the annual output of 11 million cars or 10 to 20 coal-fired power plants. Those reductions could collectively save $5.5 billion in energy costs.

“At National Instruments, our sustainability team has proactively been working to implement sustainable solutions throughout our organization,” said Heidi Baschnagel, director of marketing communications at National Instruments. “An important part of these efforts is reducing the energy used by our information technology through initiatives such as power management and energy-efficient server management. Our partnership with Climate Savers Computing will help us ensure that we continue to adopt the most innovative and creative solutions to reduce our environmental impact.”

Pat Tiernan, executive director of Climate Savers Computing Initiative, stated, “By participating in the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and the initiative’s pilot program, National Instruments is strengthening its commitment to energy-efficient technology and IT practices. National Instruments’ leadership in integrating energy efficiency throughout its operations is a model for other enterprises, and we look forward to the company’s participation in our efforts to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used from the operation of computing and IT equipment.”

As a member of Climate Savers Computing, National Instruments has committed to reducing energy consumption by a majority of its computing equipment by:

  • Pledging to purchase high-efficiency computer equipment that meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR ratings

  • Optimizing existing computer systems to use power management capabilities, such as hibernation and sleep modes

  • Ensuring the company purchases computing equipment with increasing levels of efficiency in subsequent years


“We work hard to reduce power consumption and conserve resources because it’s the right thing to do,” said Baschnagel. “We were surprised by the savings we achieved through the power management implementation pilot program because we thought we had already optimized our resources pretty effectively. We discovered there were a lot of places we could reduce our energy usage and subsequently reduce our expenses.”


Computing equipment efficiency is a significant issue that must be addressed to eliminate waste, reduce costs and curb emissions. Up to 50 percent of the energy consumed in a typical desktop PC is wasted as heat, leading to unnecessary expenses (for the unit itself as well as increased demand on air conditioners and coolers in the house and businesses) and greenhouse gas emissions.


For more information about National Instruments’ experience with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative’s power management implementation pilot program, you can view the video case study online at


About National Instruments


National Instruments ( is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 30,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 15 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 5,000 employees and direct operations in more than 40 countries. For the past 11 years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.


About Climate Savers Computing Initiative


The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is a nonprofit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses, and conservation organizations dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of computers. More than 600 companies and organizations have joined the initiative since its launch in June 2007, and thousands of individuals have pledged their support. The initiative is led by CSC, Dell, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include 1E, Acer Inc., Faronics, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Lenovo, NEC Corporation, Sparxent Verismic Software, Symantec, and Verdiem Corporation.


For more information and to pledge your support, visit


Climate Savers® is a trademark or registered trademark of WWF, the international conservation organization. Used under license. LabVIEW, National Instruments, NI and are trademarks of National Instruments. Other product and company names listed are trademarks or trade names of their respective companies.



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