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Intel and Google Lead New Climate Savers Computing Initiative
Intel Corporation and Google Inc. joined with a wide-ranging group of companies and organizations on June 12th to launch a new effort to develop energy-efficient computers and components. The new Climate Savers Computing Initiative aims to adopt efficient computers with power management tools throughout the world. The initiative is setting a goal for computer power supplies to deliver power to computers with 90% efficiency, a goal that could save more than $5.5 billion in energy costs while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating in the new initiative, and the many computer and computer component manufacturers that are participating—including Dell Inc., the Hewlett-Packard Company, IBM Corporation, and Lenovo—are committing to manufacturing products that meet or surpass the Energy Star guidelines. The Energy Star program is a joint effort of DOE and EPA. Participating businesses, such as Starbucks Corporation, must commit to requiring high efficiency systems for the majority of their corporate desktop computers and volume server purchases, and to deploy and use power management tools on their desktop computers. Individuals can also pledge on the initiative's Web site to buy an initiative-certified computer. See the press release on the Climate Savers Computing Initiative Web site.