CSCI is a global consortium dedicated to reducing the energy consumption of end-to-end computing. The organisation was set up in 2007 and is led by Cisco, CSC, Dell, Emerson Network Power, Google Inc., HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, and the World Wildlife Fund, but now has a total of 650 members. It’s aim is to reduce the environmental impact of IT equipment through energy efficiency, with an initial goal of reducing annual CO2 emissions from the IT sector by 54 million metric tons by June 2011. I reported on their progress to date back in August (briefly, they’re unlikely to reach the target because of the slow adoption of PC power management, a subject I shall return to in the near future).
Anyway, this new workgroup takes the organisation into improving the energy efficiency of networking equipment such as routers, switches and connected devices. The workgroup includes Cisco, CompTIA, Emerson Network Power, Finisar, HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, and Sony Electronics.
According to the CSCI, a study in 2008 showed that networking equipment used 18 billion KWh in the US and is expected to grow by more than 6% a year as the number of networking devices in use by consumers and enterprises increases. The organisation estimates that 38 million metric tons of CO2 emissions can be saved globally by 2015 by using more energy efficient networking equipment, enough to avoid the use of more than nine coal-fired power plants.
The workgroup’s charter specifies that the organization will:
Leverage current industry metrics to develop targets and best practices.
Work to increase commercial awareness and adoption of higher efficiency networking equipment technology and practices.
Utilise the networking device results to advance end-to-end network energy efficiency.