LONDON, March 25 /PRNewswire/ --
- 2009 PC Energy Report Quantifies Financial and Carbon Savings for PC Power Waste in the US, UK and Germany
According to an international study released today by 1E and the
Alliance to Save Energy, nearly a third of all workplace PCs in Germany are not
regularly powered down at night. The 2009 PC Energy Report, which examines
workplace PC power consumption in the Germany, the UK, and the US, found that
German businesses are wasting EUR918,840,000 million to power machines that are
not in use. In 2009, these unused PCs are expected to emit 2,596,932 metric tons
of carbon dioxide emissions into the air, roughly the equivalent impact of
1E and the Alliance to Save Energy commissioned the report to
raise awareness of a pervasive and damaging energy problem that can be quickly
alleviated by simple, non-intrusive measures.
"Employers today have a golden opportunity to demonstrate their
environmental and financial leadership by taking a few simple, energy-saving
measures, like setting up processes to power down PCs," said Sumir Karayi, chief
executive officer, 1E. "A computer uses energy even when it appears to be idle.
Shutting down PCs when not in use will help businesses to significantly reduce
costs while preventing tons of CO2 from being emitted into our atmosphere."
Green IT Practices Save Green
According to Gartner, every year the information and
telecommunications technology industry generates 2% of the world's carbon
emissions - the same as a year's worth of air traffic. Moreover, PCs and
monitors account for 39% of these emissions, equivalent to the emissions of
approximately 46 million cars.
"When examined individually, PCs may not appear to be the
biggest energy hog in the IT environment, but when considering the sheer volume
of PCs in the world - Gartner estimates more than 1 billion - the energy and
carbon implications are staggering," added Mr. Karayi.
In fact, worldwide PC shut-down for just one night would save
enough energy to light New York City's Empire State Building - inside and out -
for more than 28 years!
An examination of user behaviour
Almost half of the employees in each country surveyed (49% in
the US, 47% in the UK and 43% in Germany) don't power down for the following
In terms of national characteristics, the report found that
German employees were most conscious about saving the employer's money, with 18
percent citing cost as the major factor for powering down. UK employees were the
most idealistic in their responses, with 27 percent saying they power down PCs
to help the environment. The most common reason given by US employees (21
percent) was quite practical - to ensure that the PC works properly the next
The survey also found that most employed adults who use a PC at
work believe that their companies should be doing more to reduce power
consumption (63 percent in the US, 67 percent in the UK and 58 percent in
Germany). In fact, a significant amount of workers believe that their companies
should be doing much more to reduce power consumption in the workplace (30
percent in the UK, 24 percent in the US and 22 percent in Germany).
Savings for Business
Powering down a fleet of PCs can reduce a machine's energy use
by 80 percent, allowing companies to save more than EUR27 per desktop PC.
"Powering down inactive PCs can provide a simple yet effective
way for businesses to reduce overhead costs and environmental impact, "said
Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy. "Now, more than ever,
doing what's good for the environment is good for business. The economic crisis
and volatile energy prices make it even more imperative for businesses to save
money by saving energy."
A copy of the full 2009 PC Energy Report, which includes
real-world PC energy successes from Dell, AT&T and the UK government, can be
www.1e.com. The report is based on data resulting from two
surveys conducted by leading market research firm Harris Interactive.
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About Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy is a coalition of prominent
business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the
efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit consumers, the
environment, economy, and national security. More information is available at