On Friday September 20th 2019, an estimated 4 million people in over 139 countries took to the streets of their respective cities to demand that governments take action against the degrading state of planet Earth. People around the world are being actively encouraged by strike organizers to ‘disrupt business as usual’ and spend their Friday protesting, instead of going to work, school or other activities – it’s an initiative known as ‘FridaysForFuture’.
So, how does a tech company play a role in the struggle to fight climate change? In the early 2000s, VIA spearheaded the concept of ‘green computing’, producing energy efficient processors such as the VIA C3 and the VIA Eden series which included the the VIA Eden X2, the most power efficient dual-core processor of its day. With this green vision, energy efficiency became a critical part of our design and manufacturing process, continuing in this direction with the VIA C7 and VIA Nano. The main goal was, and still is, to reduce the carbon footprint of our users – believing that consumers don’t always have the choice to do so.
Most companies are reluctant to take responsibility for the amount of CO2 they emit, and even fewer take the extra step of designing their products with carbon emissions in mind. In 2006, VIA partnered with Evesham Technology and Tranquil PC to announce the world’s first carbon-free computer. This long-awaited project is the fruit of much hard work and dedication, as well as collaborations with environmental experts. We can keep telling you that every piece of this computer was made using a range of green computing strategies, but what does green computing really mean?
In simple terms, it refers to a situation where the IT equipment a company manufactures, uses and disposes of does not produce any harmful waste. Also consider that smaller components don’t necessarily translate to energy efficiency or a carbon free status: the smartphone in your pocket can produce tons of waste. According to Apple’s Environmental Responsibility Report of 2016, 77% of their greenhouse emissions comes from solely their manufacturing process.
We are still keen to propel green computing forwards. In early 2019, the VPai Smart Security Solar IP Camera was launched, an outdoor smart surveillance camera equipped with a solar panel. A pretty simple concept – the camera is already outside, so why not make it eco-friendly and get a little help from the sun, a natural energy source?
Although today VIA is less focused on producing energy efficient silicon, our leap into producing products that integrate artificial intelligence means we have retained our environmentally conscious mentality. Going full speed ahead, the FridaysForFuture movement has just begun. In fact, Greta Thunberg just gave a poignant speech at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit calling governments around the world to take action now in reducing carbon emissions. We believe everyone has to do their part, even corporations. In the meantime, VIA is dedicated to producing products with a green mentality contributing towards a cleaner, breathable future for all.
Written by Kristina Rogojina, Intern at VIA Technologies, Inc.