IGEL Technology Thin Clients Are 54% More Eco-friendly Than PCs

New research into the environmental impact of thin clients and PCs reveals that IGEL Technology thin clients were 54% more eco-friendly than PCs. And if the 8.2m business PCs forecast to be sold in the European Union in 2008 were replaced with thin clients, global warming CO2 emissions would be cut by 5.3m tonnes over the next five years.

The research, undertaken by the renowned Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, compared the environmental impact of a PC and thin clients from IGEL technology taking into account each lifecycle phase from production, through usage and finally recycling. The research builds upon analysis last year that looked at the ecological costs of simply running thin clients and PCs.

The latest study demonstrated if a desktop PC is replaced by a thin client and terminal server, the emissions of the workstation are reduced by more than 54% across the lifecycle of the products. With the addition of an LCD monitor this saving is reduced to 44%.

A small to medium size business could save more than 148 tonnes of CO2 emissions over a five-year period if 75% of its 330 workstations could be changed to thin clients. This volume of emissions would be the equivalent of a VW Golf TDI driving more than 1 million kilometres, enough to circle the earth 27 times.

In a large company with 10,000 workstations, a 75% switch to thin clients over the same five year period would save more than 4,923 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to a fleet of 364 cars driving an annual distance of 20,000km a year for the next five years.

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