GreenIT – Just Big Talk or Real Opportunity for Savings?
Increasing energy prices, global warming, legal regulations and guidelines – there are already many reasons for implementing IT systems that are friendly to the environment and conserve resources.
On this page, you'll find some useful information on GreenIT and how thin clients can help you save on energy costs. This information includes studies conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) and an overview showing how much money you can actually save with thin clients, while also doing your part to help the environment!
The Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (UMSICHT) has examined the climate-related impact of two virtual desktop installations and come to the following conclusion: Compared to conventional workstation PCs, the solutions with IGEL thin clients and VMware Horizon View or Citrix XenApp / XenDesktop lower the global warming potential by up to 63%.
Fraunhofer UMSICHT Study: Environmental comparison of the Relevance of PC and Thin Client Desktop Equipment for the Climate, 2008
The research of the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany into the environmental impact of thin clients and PCs revealed that IGEL Technology thin clients were 54% more eco-friendly than PCs. And if the 8.2m business PCs forecast to be sold in the European Union in 2008 were replaced with thin clients, global warming CO2 emissions would be cut by 5.3m tonnes over the next five years.
In this project a comparison was made between the environmental effects of a PC- and a thin client-based provision of IT services. In this comparison the manufacturing phase, the use phase and the disposal phase were taken into consideration using a modified assessment instrument.
With their longer service lives, desktop infrastructures featuring thin clients are easier on budgets and the environment. Throughout its lifecycle, this configuration decreases the global warming potential of IT workstations by up to 63% and power costs by up to 88%.
Alle IGEL thin en zero clients zijn door de Energy Protection Agency (EPA) erkend voor het Energy Star 6.0-certificaat. Het certificaat bevestigt dat de IGEL-apparaten voldoen aan de noodzakelijke limieten tijdens gebruik (Idle) en in standby-stand (sleep) of indien uitgeschakeld (Off).
The German Federal Government, under the auspices of the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, implemented the energy efficiency export initiative under the umbrella brand "Energy Efficiency - Made in Germany". The initiative supports German providers of products, systems and service providers in the field of energy efficiency. The umbrella brand includes an IT infrastructure across projects and manufacturers as well as extensive information in key fields of action. IGEL is a member of this initiative.
The energy efficiency export initiative is relevant to all markets. A special focus is placed on activities in countries with high economic growth, industrial markets of strategic importance for the export sector and emerging markets. Many states have recently set ambitious energy efficiency goals and want to achieve these with targeted measures – energy-efficient IT is a key component here.
IGEL is a member of the ‘partnerschaft umwelt unternehmen’, the environmental partnership network between the Federal State of Bremen and selected companies.
This partnership is supported by the Bremen Senator for Environment, Construction and Transport and includes currently 125 companies.
ISO 14001 is the international specification for an environmental management system (EMS). It specifies requirements for establishing an environmental policy, determining environmental aspects and impacts of products/activities/services, planning environmental objectives and measurable targets, implementation and operation of programs to meet objectives and targets, checking and corrective action, and management review. The ISO 14001 standard exists to help organizations minimize how their operations negatively affect the environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations.
Elke nieuwe IGEL Thin Client in de Smart-, Compact-, Winestra- en Premium-serie wordt al geproduceerd volgens de RoHS-richtlijnen van de Europese Unie, die is ingegaan op 1 juli 2006. IGEL is hiermee de eerste thin client-fabrikant met een productlijn die helemaal voldoet aan de EU-richtlijnen.
In juli 2006, is de RoHS-richtlijn (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances) in geheel Europa van kracht geworden. Vanaf die datum moeten organisaties het gebruik van zware metalen als lood, kwik, cadmium, chroom en bromine brandblussers bij de productie van elektronische of elektrische apparaten beperken.