Behind the Green IT Curtain Lies Pollution

Much of the focus on green IT has been on the products themselves. But the products have to come from somewhere. The Enterprise IT Planet Green Blog looks at how some environmental groups are accusing IT firms of polluting in China.

A lot of attention in Green IT is paid to data centers, so it's easy to forget that the equipment that goes into data centers has to come from somewhere too. More often than not, that somewhere is factory in China. China produces most of the world's electronics, including components and sub components that go into the disk drives, controllers, processors, displays, and other peripherals that make up an enterprise's IT assets. Understanding that supply chain and the effects of that supply chain on environmental pollution are critical to tackling the effects of IT on the planet and environment.

It turns out, the journey to green computing isn't usually all that environmentally friendly. Environmental groups are accusing IT firms of polluting in China.

A group of Chinese nongovernmental organizations, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Green Earth Volunteers, has now released a report that alleges major IT firms including HP, Apple, Vodafone, British Telecom, and more than 20 others of buying components from suppliers who are deliberately polluting the environment.

Read the rest of "Environmental Groups Accuse IT Firms of Pollution in China" on the Enterprise IT Planet Green Blog

For more green data center news, be sure to check out this week's green data center news roundup also on the Enterprise IT Planet Green Blog. Highlights include news from Super Micro Computer, BladeSystems Insight, Wyse Technology and SmartPros.

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This article was originally published on May 18, 2010
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