The greenhouse-gas emissions produced globally by information and communication technology (ICT) are about the same as that of the global aviation industry: more than 2 percent of the worldwide total and rising. That’s not nearly as high as the largest worldwide emitter: the production of electricity. But ICT is contributing to a surge in demand for electricity, with network traffic doubling every year and billions of devices expected to be added to the Internet by 2020.
One group that’s doing something to reduce the ICT sector’s carbon footprint is the IEEE Green ICT Initiative. Green ICT refers to the design and application of information and communication technology to offer environmental benefits. In this issue, we describe the initiative’s efforts in raising awareness of how to design more energy-efficient technologies. There’s also a profile of IEEE Senior Member Jaafar Elmirghani, co-chair of the initiative. And we’ve rounded up some of the resources, standards, and conferences that IEEE offers.
Members are working to design more energy-efficient information and communication technology
Information and communication technology experts deliver architectures that support larger traffic volumes without compromising performance
IEEE Member Eileen Healy filled gaps in the mobile phone market
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IEEE events cover intrapreneurship, crowdfunding, and product development
Jaafar Elmirghani is working to reduce energy consumption worldwide
Technical community, publications, and tutorials are among the offerings
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