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The nine founding members of CSCI India pledged to reduce carbon emissions by four million tons in next three years.
Dell, Intel, HP, Google, WWF, TERI, CII-ITC Centre Of Excellence For Sustainable Development, MAIT and NASSCOM have joined hands with the aim of driving energy efficient practices in every-day computing.They have launched the India chapter of a global initiative -- Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI).
The nine founding members of CSCI India pledged to reduce carbon emissions by four million tons and reduce 50 per cent in energy costs through efficient computing in next three years. CSCI is a non-profit group of eco-conscious consumers, businesses and conservation organisations promoting adoption of smart technologies in everyday business and personal computing which can improve the efficiency of a computer's power delivery and reduce the energy consumed when the computer is in an inactive state.
"In next three years, the Climate Savers Computing Initiative will cut greenhouse gasemissions in an amount equal to planting around 4800 sq.km. of trees -- a significant step in reducing the emissions affecting our planet," said Rahul Bedi, director, corporate affairs, South Asia, Intel and first chairman of CSCI India Chapter.
"We believe that CSCI India will play a crucial role in supplementing green ICT innovations and solutions. CSCI's goal to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in power consumption by computers and reduce four million tons of carbon emission over next three years can be a potential supplement towards India's low carbon growth," said Ravi Singh, co-chairman, CSCI India and chief executive officer and secretary general of WWF India. "The reduction in energy and power are the fiscal points to ensure sustainable growth for both the ICT sector and meeting country's bigger objectives under the National Action Plan on Climate Change that involves ICT solutions."
"With the projected increase in the numbers and extent of usage of IT equipment, it is essential that this industry becomes fully conscious of the implications of these developments for increased energy consumption. It is, therefore, imperative that industry takes the lead in bringing about innovation that would ensure high levels of efficiency in the operations of IT equipment through its entire life cycle," said Dr R K Pachauri, chairman, Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and director-general, TERI.
While complementing the launch of CSCI chapter in India Dr Pachauri lauded the efforts and expected that "the industry, including the associations and leading think-tanks, will move along the path of designing and producing equipment which would ensure efficient use of energy.""We pledge to promote best practices and technologies for efficient computing for a Greener Earth," went a declaration signed by all the members of CSCI India.