Lenovo is pumping up its green credentials with the release of a low power-consumption compact desktop PC, due to go on sale in New Zealand this month.
The ThinkCentre A61e has a power consumption of 45 watts. Despite a dual-core AMD Athlon 65X2 chip, “which runs quite warm”, according to Lenovo’s director of environmental affairs, Mike Pierce, it has a very quiet and efficient air-cooling system. Lenovo also has a model with an AMD Sempron single-core chip.
The ThinkCentre A61e desktop is Lenovo’s first product to achieve EPEAT gold status, the highest designation a product can achieve under the Green Electronics Council scheme. EPEAT, which stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, ranks products according to a variety of environmental attributes from energy efficiency to materials-use to recyclability. A growing number of organisations include such environmental measures in their purchasing criteria.
The ThinkCentre A61e desktop uses up to 90% reusable/recyclable materials as well as 90% recyclable packaging, says Pierce, The PC can also be powered by an optional solar panel.
Pierce oversees Lenovo’s worldwide environmental standards and compliance, from the way its factories are designed through to the material used in manufacture and the design and construction of the hardware to its recycling programme. Arrangements for return of machines vary, but there is a clean disposal service provided in New Zealand, says local country manager Dean Butchers, so users need not be concerned that disposal of their old machines will pollute the environment.
There is a staff member in each country Lenovo operates in whose job it is to see that production and operation of the machines accords with local environmental laws and regulations, as well as with Lenovo’s own standards, says Pierce.
Depending on a returned machine’s condition and the facilities available in a particular part of the world, it may be able to be refurbished and put back on the market at a lower cost, or the parts may be reused in constructing new machines, Pierce says.
Lenovo has at least one machine in each of its laptop and desktop ranges that meets the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star 4 standard for efficiency in power use, Pierce says. At least one laptop in each range meets the standard out of the box, he says, but desktops may have to be specifically configured to meet it.
Pierce was in New Zealand recently to speak at the CIO conference held in Auckland, run by Computerworld’s sister magazine CIO.
He explained Lenovo’s environmental policies and those of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), led by the World Wildlife Fund, whose members include leading firms in the industry such as Intel and Google, as well as Lenovo. Pierce is on the board of CSCI. The consortium aims to half the average computer power consumption by 2010.
Speaking before his address to the conference, Pierce said he would be trying to persuade the CIOs present to take green factors into account when requesting tenders for their next refresh of computer equipment.