It is fact that mankind has a great impact on the environment and in many cases a negative one. But it is also fact that this problem is identified and the electronics industry especially the manufacturers are working hard to protect the environment as good as possible. STMicroelectronics for example publishes in its Corporate Responsibility Report among other things their environmental performance. This includes the management of hazardous waste and a life-cycle view of STs efforts to avoid the climate change.
Another example is the energy saving which the electronics industry achieves - and which results in less effort to the environment as well. NXP for example introduced the GreenChip PC-chipset for PC power supplies which is able to save up to 50 percent of power compared with traditional PC power supplies. This chipset is compliant to all major standards and is certified according to the 80 PLUS Gold certification for a reference design from Ecos Consulting and the 80 PLUS program. NXP estimates that emissions of CO2 will be reduced by 200 Million tons when 160 Million PC will be equipped with 80 PLUS Gold compliant power supplies.
This shows that organisations are checking their environmental impact carefully and control it. But what about individuals? Climate change is being discussed widely throughout society and political circles. However, it is not always noted in these debates that every individual has the opportunity to protect the biological resources from which mankind lives, i.e. forests, fields, rivers and seas. The aim of the newly introduced ecological footprint calculator by EBV is to demonstrate how each person can control the consumption of resources by making concrete changes to their lifestyle through the use of environmentally friendly technologies.
As no two countries have the same carbon output, the user selects his home country in the calculator. The tool then deals with issues specific to any one of the 28 countries where EBV has a presence. It will only take a few minutes to navigate through the footprint calculator, although the data structure in the background is extremely complicated and invisible to the user.
Christian Meier, Chief Operating Officer at EBV Elektronik, explains the significance of the tool: "There is no disputing the fact, that what we do in our working and private lives make a considerable contribution to climate change. But what people may not know is how much they contribute as an individual? We give visitors to our website the opportunity to gain a concrete, compelling image of their influence on the environment by answering some brief, incisive questions. Initially, the user can do this purely out of interest, but it is hoped it will encourage them to become committed to protecting the environment."
The EBV footprint calculator has been made available to the public as part of the 'ECOmise it' campaign and can be accessed directly via www.ebv.com/footprint. Why want you wait any longer? Lets go ahead and calculate!