Green is the new blue for Intel -- pledges more eco friendly

Subject: General Tech, Processors, Mobile | May 24, 2012 - 06:01 PM |
Tagged: Intel

Intel has released a report about their environmental efforts in terms of manufacturing efficiency, waste, and the efficiency of their products themselves. Their 2020 mobile and data center product line is expected to use 25-fold less power than their 2010 product line. Intel is hoping to use less water and consume 1.4 TWh less energy between 2012 and 2015 in their manufacturing with no chemical waste to landfill by 2020.

It is not easy been green.

… But, especially now, Intel can afford to try.

The chip manufacturer has set some goals for themselves to decrease their impact on the environment. These plans were published in their 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report (pdf), released last week. The plan highlights goals extending out as far as 2020.

It would seem that for Intel foresight is also 2020.

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Yes, those puns were terrible, I admit it.

One of the forefront issues raised is alterations to their supply chain. Their raw materials have been addressed -- not just for eco-friendliness -- but also for human rights violations. By the end of 2012 Intel intends to validate that all tantalum would be “conflict-free” with the other three minerals verified by the end of 2013.

On the topic of environmental impact Intel is also intending on reducing their electrical and water usage at their manufacturing plants. A total of 1.4 TWh of energy is expected to be reduced from 2012 through 2015. Intel is also lauding their solar initiatives although they fell short of committing to any specific future endeavors in clean energy in this report.

Lastly, Intel claims that their mobile and data center products will consume 25-fold less power than their 2010 counterparts. Obviously such a statement falls more under gloating than a vow to promote sustainability but it is respectable none-the-less.

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May 25, 2012 | 09:02 AM - Posted by cyow

As long as they keep making kick ass CPU and don't pass on to much of the cost they can go to the moon for all I care

It is not easy been green. Intel might just get sue by kermit the frog if they say it to much

May 25, 2012 | 01:40 PM - Posted by 6502oldSchool (not verified)

"Green" issues are not the only factor when I chose a product or vendor, but it does play a part.

One thing I HATED about the P4, and the way a lot of the single CPU system where headed at the time was the performance / watt ratio. Heck, that's what drove Apple to ditch PowerPC (it was a real reason).

I love that performance per watt keeps heading up- it was long overdue. This not only leads to better user experience for customers, but more value in terms of energy used and longer lasting products that are more reliable to boot.

I dig AMD, but you must give credit to Intel for turning things around.


June 13, 2012 | 10:41 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

uses 65 watts, 2.4Ghz - 2.9 turbo. pretty awesome.

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