The Computer Savers Computing Initiative or CSCI was established by Google [NASDAQ: GOOG] and Intel [NASDAQ: INTC] in 2007 with the goal of reducing global carbon dioxide emissions from the operation of computers by 54 million tons per year. It focuses on power management strategies through changes in policy, software and hardware.
CSCI’s coordinated efforts led to slash a total of 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over a period of three years beginning July 1, 2007 and ending June 30, 2010, according to the study conducted by Natural Logic.
Members of the initiative include several of the heavy-weights of the IT industry such as Cisco [NASDAQ: CSCO], CSC, Dell [NASDAQ: DELL], Emerson Network Power, Google Inc., HP [NYSE: HPQ], Intel [NASDAQ: INTC], Juniper Networks and Microsoft [NASDAQ: MSFT] as well as the World Wildlife Fund. Sponsors include 1E, Acer Inc., CompTIA, Faronics, Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Ltd., Lenovo, NEC Corporation, Sony Electronics, Sparxent Verismic Software, Symantec [NASDAQ: SYMC], and Verdiem Corporation. They have committed to “greening” their craft and to lead innovation in corporate social responsibility.
In view of the successful cut on CO2 emission, CSCI is expanding its focus to include commercial and networking systems and devices. This includes routers, switches, cables, WLAN, security and access devices. The first step will be the establishment of initial energy efficiency criteria for networking technologies which will be developed in conjunction with industry partners and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
According to CSCI reducing the amount of energy that network-support equipment uses can help consumers and businesses to save money by lowering their energy and operations costs while reducing environmental impact.
CSCI estimates that the global IT industry will cut an additional 38 million metric tons of CO2 emissions worldwide by 2015 through the development and implementation of more energy efficient networking devices and software resulting in an additional financial savings of $5 billion in energy costs.