Consumer Electronics Report Card part 2

Some of the statistics on consumer electronics companies reviewed as part of the recently released Environmental Sustainability and Innovation in the Consumer Electronics Industry Report are pretty impressive.

Epson’s packaging now comes from trees specifically grown for them. They also plant 20 percent more trees than they harvest.

The amount of electrical energy Nokia’s cell phone chargers consume when left unattended has been reduced by 90 percent over the past nine years and Nokia phones now signal users as reminders.

Panosonic’s plasma TV’s currently use 90 percent less energy than eight years ago.

Kodak has embraced recycling cameras big time. They’ve recycled 1.2 billion single-use camera since 1990, recycling 120 million last year alone.

Intel’s capital funding program for conservation and efficiency has, since 2001, approved more than 200 projects that saved over 400 kilowatt hours of electricity.

These facts are definitely steps in the right direction for electronics manufacturers. Forward thinking from the boardroom or perhaps positive response to calls-to-action from consumers? Regardless of the reasons, consumers should continue to speak up for more broad-based conservation efforts from the electronics industry. They seem to be paying attention.

 

Wave Energy – A Wave of the Future (Part 2)

pelamis-2Off the northern coast of Portugal, the Pelamis Wave Power’s converters are tethered by cables to the ocean’s floor and placed perpendicular to the coastline. Each device has several sections. As waves roll past, each section moves up and down, while internal hydraulic rams resist this motion. This opposition forces high pressure fluid through hydraulic motors, driving the electric generators. The electricity produced then travels underwater via cables to the mainland.The electricity generated varies according to the power of the waves, reminiscent of renewable energy technologies like wind and solar and their dependence on weather conditions.

The exciting development of this new energy source could prove a significant factor in driving down the price of electrical power in the coming years. For those living on the coast, these bright behemoths could be springing up off your favorite beach getaway in the near future.

A Greener Report Card for the Electronics Industry

In these days of rampant greenwashing, consumers have been dealt a winning hand by the Consumer Electronics Association.

The CEA’s recent “Environmental Sustainability and Innovation in the Consumer Electronics Industry Report” http://www.ce.org/PDF/Sustainability_Final.pdf 
analyzed  20 corporations, including many of the largest consumer electronics sellers in the world.
The report paints a positive picture, including lower manufacturer energy consumption and improved cradle-to-cradle design.
Some of the results are truly impressive. One company reduced their electricity use by 58% per employee, while increasing their employee base by 60%! Still another company reduced electricity usage by 46% per million dollars (revenue), as they increased their overall revenue by 43%.
Clearly, wise energy management can engender greatly improved company health, contrary to what naysayers loudly protest.
Look at part 2 for more details.