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 user 2009-09-04 at 1:51:47 pm Views: 111
  • #22825

    Creating a green office calls for joint efforts
    When you changed pieces of snowwhite printing papers into copies of report, when you received copies of facsimiles, or when you have become accustomed to communicating with your colleagues and resolving problems on business affairs by means of emails??modern office conditions are turning the office to be a “big energy consumer”.

    In June, 2009, European Commission (EC) agreed to cooperate with United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to develop stricter standards on the energy consumption of computers, duplicating machines and printers. According to EC’s estimate, new standards on the energy consumption is expected to enable the energy consumption of European Union (EU) to be reduced 22 billion kilowatt-hour, among which, the computers’ consumption can be saved by around 18 billion kilowatt-hour and such energy consumption of imaging equipments as electrograph and printer will also be decreased by 4 billion kilowatt-hour.

    In China, there have been 24 percent of enterprises choosing to increase the investment on “Green IT” for cost saving since the international financial crisis. With the technical renovation, nurturance of energy-saving custom and continuously boosted recycle industrialization, the “green” is coming into more and more offices.

    Realize “win-win” by technological energy saving
    “It was really a difficult thing to communicate with those commercial clients on managing printing before the international financial crisis, since they had always been focusing on early purchasing cost and one-off expense investment resulted from equipment replacing. But now, the promotion in terms of integrated managing printing solution becomes easier and clients are willing to listen to our schemes.” expressed by Qian Yue, Vice President of Imaging & Printing Group, China Hewlett-Packard Co., Ltd.

    Data from environmental protection organization showed that 44.51 percent of “office worker” hold that “green office” will run up enterprises’ office cost. However, technical renovation is changing such a misunderstanding and the usage of efficient energy-saving office supplies is making various administration departments and enterprises realize a “Win-Win” of environmental protection and cost.

    The computer on each office desk and the server used to frame a local area network for a unit are the “big energy consumers” in an office. Beijing Energy Conservation & Environment Protection Center has ever conducted an intelligent testing on the energy consumption of 54 governmental office buildings in Beijing and the result shows that the energy consumption of a network computer lab occupied 25 percent averagely, which occupies most among diverse office-building energy consumption proportions.

    In terms of personal computers (PC), the stand-by energy consumption has been a keystone to be broken through. Professor Mei Shaozu from University of Science and Technology Beijing introduced that under the provisions of EU regulations, the power waste of a commercial personal computer to be launched after January 2010 will not exceed 1W in the mode of stand-by; and up to now, China has developed related product certification standards on stand-by energy consumption saving for such 11 products as computer, display and projector, and the market is tending to the products with lower stand-by energy consumption rapidly. As for the server, the inosculation of the blade server, a high-powered hardware product, with virtual technology is recognized as a favorable measure by the industry; the virtualization enables the hardware utilization ratio to have a 5 to 20-fold increase and is able to cut down the number of energy-consuming servers in organizations.

    Printer, duplicating machine and facsimile equipment are big resource consumers in an office. The Start-up speed is an important factor to the energy consumption, which is particularly important for those small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with less batch print volume and frequent single page print. The rapid start-up technology has basically been adopted by various famous printer manufactures and become the “standard configuration” of the mainstream of current printers. Additionally, “Automatic Duplex Printing” is an updated technology in saving papers and those printers added such a module can achieve duplex printing for a file automatically.

    Make laws to drive recycle and reutilization
    Introduced by Gong Binliang, Secretary General of Professional Consumable Committee, China Computer Industry Association (CCIA), in the countries of Europe and America, a green environment-friendship printing tidal wave has been surged early, and the term of utilizing and protecting recycled consumables was compiled in law. In 1994, American Environmental Protection Law stipulated that federal institutions must use recycled ink cartridges. From 1993 to 1999, approximately 243 million toner cartridges were discarded annually in Europe and such an enormous pollution source urged the European Union to make a formal law on declining the distribution and usage of one-off consumables. However, in China, the market share of recycled consumables is only 15 percent now and the implementation of Circular Economy Promotion Law is expected to change such a complexion.

    Consuming recycled consumables plays an active role in energy conservation, consumption environment purification and castoff pollution reduction. Data showed that it costs 2.85L petroleum to produce a new toner cartridge and 0.57L petroleum to produce a new ink cartridge; however, the energy consumption in manufacturing recycled toner cartridges or ink cartridges only accounts for 5 percent of those in manufacturing new products. In 2008, the market scale of consumables of laser printers and duplicating machines in China is RMB10.378 billion yuan with the growth rate of over 15 percent. Calculating on this basis, about 1 million tons of solid castoffs will generate annually, which can fill up 3,000 train compartments.

    In the computer reclaiming field, all manufacturers are also making efforts. Since 2006, Dell has reclaimed 95,000 Kg used computer products in China; and Lenovo promised to provide its consumers with reclaim services of wasted and used products in all of its business areas and announced that it has used 1,000 tons of recoverable plastics to manufacture PCs in the last whole year. Professor Mei Shaozu expressed that the gap between reclaiming volume and producing volume of computer enterprises is still considerable, such measures as “Replacing Olds with News” or “Replacing Recycle with Service” will helpful to the further development of recycle and utilization.