Tuesday, 15 January 2008

HP Reduces PC Power

Amongst the many announcements to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week was that from HP committing to reduce the energy consumption of its desktop and notebook families by 25% (relative to 2005 levels) by 2010. The company plans to reach the goal by integrating more efficient power supplies, using lower-energy chipsets and other energy-saving technologies.

HP is a leading player in terms of the number of products listed in the Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT™). The US-based Green Electronics Council established EPEAT to help buyers compare PCs based on their environmental attributes. HP says it now has more than two dozen US PCs at either the Gold or Silver rating levels.

It’s all good stuff and highly commendable, but it’s hard to see how these sorts of product changes will achieve the longer-term global emission targets that are inevitable. There may well be some breakthrough technology round the corner, but the alternative argument, from the likes of Sun, is that a more radical solution is required.

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