Climate Action

Climate Savers Computing Initiative announces energy efficiency collaboration with state of Oregon

Oregon State Governor Kulongoski pledges to reduce greenhouse gases.

  • 30 January 2008
  • Simione Talanoa

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative has announced a collaboration with the state of Oregon to spur the deployment of more energy-efficient computers and servers in Oregon state offices and agencies.

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski also encouraged Oregon businesses to join the state in pledging their support for the Initiative.

"Increasing the energy efficiency of Oregon's public and private sector computing equipment will save consumers and taxpayers money, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change," said Gov. Kulongoski.

"Oregon is a national leader in sustainability and climate change, and our continued commitment to energy-efficient technology and practices will help achieve the state's goals of reducing greenhouse gasses created by state activity."

Under the terms of the agreement, the state has strengthened its long-standing commitment to reduce the energy consumption of its computing equipment by:

  • Pledging to purchase high-efficiency computer equipment that meets or exceeds federal Energy Star ratings;
  • Optimising existing computer systems by educating employees about more efficient and effective computer power management strategies, such as better using hibernation and sleep modes;
  • Ensuring in subsequent years the state purchases computing equipment with increasing levels of efficiency.

In a typical desktop PC, nearly half the power coming from the outlet never reaches the processor, memory, disks or any other computing components. The wasted electricity is dispersed as heat and increases the cost of powering a computer, as well as the emission of greenhouse gases.

In offices, homes and data centers, the added heat from inefficient computers can increase the demand on air conditioners and cooling systems, making the computing equipment even more expensive to run. Servers are more efficient than desktops, but still typically waste 30 to 40 per cent of the input power.

Additional energy is often sacrificed because of poor power management settings.

Even though most of today's desktop PCs are capable of automatically transitioning to a sleep or hibernate state when inactive, about 90 percent of systems have this functionality disabled.

"Kudos to Governor Kulongoski for his support of Climate Savers Computing Initiative and his leadership on this issue," said Bill Weihl, Google's representative on the Climate Savers Computing Initiative board of directors.

"Oregon now joins Minnesota and Kansas as leaders in pledging to support sustainable practices. We very much look forward to working with other governors to help them cut costs, increase efficiency, and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions."