Hannover, Germany/Portland, Ore. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Deutsche Messe AG have entered into a strategic collaboration for the 2008 CeBIT trade show to help boost awareness of the critical issue of energy efficient computing. The Climate Savers Computing Initiative will be contributing content and participating in a variety of Green IT-related activities at the show, to be held March 4-9 in Hannover, Germany.
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative brings together manufacturers, businesses, organizations and individuals to significantly increase the energy efficiency of computers and servers. The Initiative is led by Dell, EDS, Google, HP, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, Pacific Gas & Electric and World Wildlife Fund, and includes as sponsors AMD, Delta Electronics, eBay, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Marvell Semiconductor, NEC, Sun and Supermicro.
In a recent statement Ernst Raue, Chairman of the Board at Deutsche Messe AG, noted: "Green IT will be the central theme of the next CeBIT. We are delighted that such a high-profile global initiative as Climate Savers Computing has signed up to participate in CeBIT 2008." The global ICT industry, he pointed out, now faces important decisions about the future. "CeBIT will provide a single unified platform for discussion of all the key issues relating to Green IT. At a time of rapidly rising energy prices, Green IT offers business users the potential for significant savings in energy costs." In the "IT Village" the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and many individual exhibiting firms will be presenting their solutions for more energy-efficient computing. The "Green IT Guide" will provide answers to key questions and offer companies an opportunity to profile their work. Green IT will also feature prominently in the congress program that accompanies CeBIT 2008.
Lorie Wigle, president of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative and Intel’s representative on the Board of Directors, said: "In CeBIT we have found an ideal showcase for our work. At the world’s largest ICT trade fair we will be meeting international experts who deal with issues of IT and energy efficiency on a daily basis. As we are extending our work in Europe , we are very pleased to be forming this strategic collaboration to bring greater visibility to the issues surrounding Green IT and drive the discussion forward."
The Climate Savers Computing Initiative has set the goal of reducing the power consumption of computers – and therefore their Co2 emissions – by 50 per cent by the year 2010. This is to be achieved primarily through the use of more efficient components and by increasing the use of power management capabilities.
Independent studies show that up to 50 per cent of the electricity consumed by the typical desktop PC is wasted in the form of heat. The energy never reaches the processor, the hard drive, the memory chip or other components. By 2010, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative seeks to reduce global CO2 emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons per year, equivalent to the annual output of 11 million cars or 10–20 coal-fired power plants.
Further information about the Climate Savers Computing Initiative can be found at http://www.climatesaverscomputing.org. Further information about CeBIT is available online at www.cebit.de.