PC power management technology cuts CO2 emissions


PC power management technology cuts CO2 emissions

Antony Savvas

Verdiem has launched its networked PC power management software to help cut down on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

It is estimated that an average PC is responsible for almost 1,000 pounds of CO2 emissions a year.

Verdiem estimates its solution could lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere of about 3.2 billion pounds over the next five years through lower electricity consumption.

Both public and private sector organisations in the US are already using the software, including the City University of New York and the National Renewable Energy Labs in Colorado.

The City University of New York is installing Verdiem Surveyor on 28,000 PCs across 14 campuses.

Ron Spalter, deputy chief operating officer of the university, says, “CUNY is always looking for innovative ways to operate more efficiently and reduce our ‘environmental footprint.’ With Surveyor, we can achieve both goals at the same time. The software saves money while reducing the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.”

According to the US Department of Energy, the average PC wastes up to 400 kilowatt-hours of electricity a year simply by running at full power when no user is present.

While most PCs support energy-saving standby, hibernate and shut-down settings, over 80% of users disable their power settings within 90 days, according to research by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Verdiem Surveyor solves this problem by enabling network-level control over PC and monitor power settings.

Surveyor allows network managers to easily configure and maintain PC power settings across large, distributed networks, while still giving users the flexibility they need.

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