Govt. Moots Eco Label to Reduce Carbon Emission

by Muntazir Abbas    Jul 27, 2009

As part of its initiative to reduce carbon footprint in the country, effective January 2010, the government plans to make it mandatory for certain IT-enabled products and equipment to carry eco label

Speaking at the recently-held Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), India chapter meet, Jairam Ramesh, minister of state for environment and forests, said "We are committed to reduce the global carbon footprint. The Government of India is expecting the IT industry to drive tangible change both through the use of IT across various industries as well as within the industry through the adoption of energy-efficient products."

He said that from January 2010, it will become mandatory for certain IT-enabled products and equipment to carry eco label. IT industry should also work with the Bureau of Energy Efficiency to device similar eco standards, said Ramesh.

CSCI is focusing to reduce 4 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2012.

IDC in its quarterly PC tracker report has said that India is poised to use more than 45 million PC units by 2010. CSCI, however, said that more than half of the power in the desktop PC is wasted as heat. In addition, servers which are typically more efficient than desktops still waste 30% to 40% of the power utilized. Apparently, the IT users have lack of awareness about the power-saving features which are already available in their computers.

We believe that CSCI India will play a crucial role in supplementing green ICT innovations and solutions. We aim to achieve a 50% reduction in power consumption by computers and reduce 4 million tons of carbon emission over next three years, said Ravi Singh, co-chairman of CSCI India. 

The India chapter of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) promotes the adoption of smart technologies together with various IT companies, including Intel, Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Dell, HP and Google as well as TERI, Mait and Nasscom.