In the face of ongoing global discussion around the impact of human activity on our planet, rising energy costs and sustainability are top of mind for both people and businesses. Ways to reduce energy consumption are becoming hot topics.
Research from Px3 shows that end-user computing (EUC) generates 1% of global greenhouse gas annual emissions by manufacturing 460 million devices and the associated energy consumed by 4.2 billion users. The use of efficient devices and modern IT infrastructures play a key role in our ability to make a real impact on reducing energy consumption.
Savvy and Cost-Effective IT Buying Decisions
An informed choice of device is critical for savvy procurement decisions that support energy efficiency requirements and policies. To guide IT buyers and consumers in the decision-making process, the Energy Star certification system and trusted ENERGY STAR label are designed to make it easier to identify which products hold a high standard for efficient energy use and reduced C02 emissions.
IGEL’s hardware partners HP, Lenovo, and LG have achieved Energy Star certification on many thin clients, PCs, and laptops. When businesses use energy-efficient products, they save on electricity which contributes to lower CO2 emissions and a reduced impact on the environment. In fact, research shows by running IGEL OS on an endpoint device that offers a small carbon footprint from both an embodied and use perspective, power consumption can be reduced by more than 22% up to 49%.
Reuse and Repurpose Devices to Optimize IT Resources
By extending the lifespan of existing devices, organizations can significantly reduce the number of emissions required to manufacture a new device. Research shows up to 83% of a device’s total carbon footprint is generated during manufacturing. Therefore, extending the industry standard four-year hardware refresh cycle by multiple years positively impacts reducing emissions in manufacturing and distribution. Further, installing the efficient IGEL OS to upgrade thin clients, PCs, and laptops to a unified, centrally managed and controlled workspace allows access to apps, data, and desktops securely and quickly from anywhere.
A Modern IT Infrastructure for Secure Hybrid Work
The flexibility and agility offered by cloud environments and technology ecosystems of compatible solutions also offer huge potential to further reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption by decreasing dependencies on energy-hungry legacy data centers. Cloud computing enables organizations to offer their employees secure remote and hybrid work options which reduce daily commuting to the office or workplace, and further help to reduce energy use.
These are examples of how smart IT choices can help organizations reduce carbon footprint and energy consumption by choosing technology that optimizes IT resources, reuses hardware for longer, and supports secure hybrid work.