Microsoft Greener IT Video Script
Did you know that there are numerous ways to make better choices about buying, using and disposing of your electronic devices? Ways that help you… help your wallet… and help the planet? Say you’re buying a new PC. Consider this: Your purchase impacts not only your wallet… but the world’s environment too. In fact, some scientists estimate that more than two-thirds of a PC’s environmental footprint comes from its manufacturing process, not its use. Because it takes a lot of energy, water and raw materials to make modern electronics… A recent study showed that mobile phones contain xx elements. Some… like rare earth elements… come from places where they’re strategically important to governments… yet few environmental laws exist…. So… without THALLIUM, we’d have no touch screens. At first glance, you might think all phones and PCs are the same… Look a little deeper… You’ll see the amount of electricity they use depends on how your hardware, operating system, and applications are designed. Remember… The purchasing and configuration decisions you make impact the amount of power your devices use… and how much you pay to run them. Getting rid of your old devices? How you choose to dispose of them impacts your wallet… and the health of our planet. Electronic devices contain toxic chemicals… like arsenic, lead, and flame-retardants… … Some are released during the recycling process, harming workers, leaching into landfills, and polluting local water supplies. If you get rid of your electronics the wrong way… unscrupulous scavengers can swipe your personal or company hard drive data… leading to identity theft… or the sale of proprietary data to competitors… which might cost your company dearly. To help guide you in the eco-friendly purchase, use and disposal of electronic devices, government agencies, the electronics industry, and other organizations have created several standards. Some apply to individual countries… others to many countries. One important standard is EPEAT—the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool. It’s used worldwide by PC purchasers… and hundreds of organisations… to identify green products that meet users’ needs… and those of the environment. In 2011 alone, 25 percent of new PCs sold met EPEAT standards. Today, many companies demand that all new PCs meet EPEAT standards. Easy. The choice is vast… with a menu of more than 2,300 computer products from 46 manufacturers. So how does EPEAT work? EPEAT uses eight categories of criteria to evaluate both the PC and the company that made it. Manufacturers and PCs that exceed the basic criteria are awarded Silver or Gold EPEAT certification. EPEAT-certified products must also meet EnergyStar standards, which recognize energy-efficient electrical devices. Keep in mind that to achieve EnergyStar certification, PC energy efficiency must be at least 80%, with no more than 20% thermal loss. Most electronic devices with operating systems… like PCs… Have configuration options that can be used to modify power consumption. For example… a Windows PC can be configured to turn off the screen and hard disk when inactive for specified periods of time. You can also reduce your energy use by using tools that identify apps that consume the most computer resources… all you have to do is modify the app settings. When it comes time to dispose of your old electronics, look for a certified refurbisher-recycler… or one of these multi-country certifications: R2, e-stewards, and WEELABEX. These standards require independent audits to confirm that electronics are reused where possible… or recycled in ways that reduce risk to their staff… and to the environment. They also require the refurbisher-recycler to wipe all data from the device. Ultimately… these standards encourage recycling… by safely breaking down old devices… and recovering the raw materials… to manufacture new ones. So how can you influence your organization’s purchasing procedures and reduce your environmental impact? • Require all new PCs to be EPEAT-certified in your tender and procurement documents… • Encourage employees to use the power-saving features on all their electronic devices… • Insist that all organisations that remove your old electronic devices are standards-certified… • Estimate and publicise the financial impact of your green activities in your annual report… • Search online directories to find EPEAT devices… or certified recycling organisations… and visit the links section on our website. Plus…EPEAT has a calculator that compares the benefits of buying an EPEAT-PC… versus a traditional PC… Why not put their ‘power savings’ table into your next report? Or check out the University of Tennessee’s calculator… Just enter the details about your recycled and reused PCs… to estimate the environmental benefits of your actions! By using these tools… you’ll make better choices… improve your data security… save money… and most importantly, reduce your environmental impact. Register today, and take our quick test to see if you pass the Greener IT Challenge! Earn your certificate…and spread the word! Our planet will thank you.