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Climate Savers Computing Initiative Targets Energy Efficiency

In order to set aggressive new targets for energy-efficient computers and power management tools worldwide, more than two dozen companies and organizations have launched a broad-based environmental effort designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions save billions in energy costs.

“Today, the average desktop PC wastes nearly half of its power, and the average server wastes one-third of its power,” said Urs Holzle, senior vice president, Operations & Google Fellow. “The Climate Savers Computing Initiative is setting a new 90 percent efficiency target for power supplies, which if achieved, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 54 million tons per year — and save more than $5.5 billion in energy costs.

Initial companies who intend to participate in the initiative represent both the demand and supply side of the computer industry, including computer manufacturers and chip makers, as well as environmental groups, energy companies, retailers, government agencies and more.

“Computers have helped us make huge strides toward a more efficient world today, with reduced travel, more productivity, online transactions and more,” said Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group. “But with today’s latest energy-efficient technologies, we can do even more. The commitment of the member companies that are here with us today is a firm statement to the collective resolve to make an enormous impact.”

The Climate Savers Computing Initiative licensed its name from the WWF Climate Savers program, which involves several leading companies working to reduce their carbon footprint. (Climate Savers is a trademark or registered trademark of WWF used under license.)