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Thursday 19th October 2017
by Aidan McEvoy

Aidan McEvoy

Virtual workspace combats climate change

It is likely we will experience greater extremities in climate behaviour.

The evidence is clear, for centuries atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were never above 300 parts per million, today they are above 400 and increasing.

In fact 97% of climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position.1

Former US vice president Al Gore claimed that to address and combat this change “requires a bottom-up, grassroots demand for solutions because the elites in many parts of the world are under the influence of old industry.” 2

Perhaps it is nothing more than coincidence, but Grassroots demand and Green IT were surely meant for each other.

Reducing one’s carbon footprint starts with energy conservation.

Did you know a thin client consumes as little as 15 watts per hour compared to a typical PC which consumes between 80-250 watts per hour 3? That’s a 600-1700% difference in energy consumption.

Research carried out in Ireland in September 2017 by Citrix, Zinopy and TechBeat indicates that 69.5% of organisations surveyed still operate a distributed desktop delivery model (PCs).*

Unnecessary travel during extreme weather is discouraged. But what if travel during peak hour travel could be avoided too.

 

A typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. 4

Hurricane Ophelia which hit Ireland earlier this week, may herald a stark warning of extreme weather to come – therefore keeping workers safe is paramount.

With more inclement weather forecasted for the next few days, keeping workers productive and more content during weather disruptions and helping to reduce our carbon footprint really would be something to write about….as I peer out my kitchen window to a stormy vista over my virtual desktop.

Click on the button below to claim your free copy of the TechBeat survey results on the topic ‘Managing the Workspace’. The survey was carried out in September 2017 in association with Zinopy and Citrix.

  1. J. Cook, et al, “Consensus on consensus: a synthesis of consensus estimates on human-caused global warming,” Environmental Research Letters Vol. 11 No. 4, (13 April 2016); DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/4/048002
  2. https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/nine-quotes-on-climate-change-and-energy-and-why-they-matter/
  3. Mark Doehnert, April 2017 https://www.igel.com/technology-trends/thin-clients-versus-fat-clients-environmental-truth/
  4. EPA Findings (US) 2017 https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/greenhouse-gas-emissions-typical-passenger-vehicle-0

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