China Asks Industries to Cut Energy Consumption

China's blessing of rapid economic growth may also be the country's greatest curse — if it cannot successfully manage the energy use and raw materials driving the expansion, that is. In just one generation, the world's most populous country has become its second-biggest economy as well as the most rabid consumer of energy products on…

The Many Shades of Green

Following up on my Greening the Telecom Sector blog last week, I poked around to get a better sense of how the broader networking and telecom sectors' environmental and sustainability efforts are evolving. Mostly, I wanted to see if they have moved beyond the conceptual, chest-beating, “We’re Green” stage to real-life corporate practices that actually…

Greening the Telecom Sector

In the last few years, we’ve seen lots of environmentally focused efforts coming out of all parts of the high-tech sector. We have, in theory, somewhat greener supply chains through which we move components with fewer hazardous materials than before. We have end-devices that come with recycling pamphlets stuffed in their boxes. And we've got…

Digi-Key Goes Paperless – Are We Ready to Follow?

Traditional catalogue distributor Digi-Key Corp. has recast itself as a fully integrated online distributor by, among other moves, eliminating print versions of its catalogue. Digi-Key is not an impulsive company and has no doubt researched every angle of this move before reaching its decision. (See Digi-Key Drops Print Catalogue.) The company has been building up…

Digi-Key Drops Print Catalogue

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — In an unprecedented industry move, Digi-Key Corporation, a global electronics component distributor, recently announced that it will immediately cease all print versions of its product catalog and TechZone™ Magazine, offering this content exclusively online. This all-digital decision, driven by the company’s efforts to be environmentally vigilant, marks a major milestone…

TSMC VerifiesTaiwan’s Semiconductor Footprint

HSINCHU, Taiwan — TSMC (NYSE: TSM) today announced that it led 15 supplier partners in jointly completing Taiwan’s first semiconductor supply chain carbon footprint verification. The project was completed with assistance from the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau (IDB), and is part of the IDB’s “Semiconductor Supply Chain Carbon Footprint Assistance and…

Innovation in the Wake of Disaster

Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a disaster to spur innovation. There are probably hundreds of niche businesses that realize the role they can play in the wake of a disaster. For example, a New England-based manufacturer is donating a bunch of its radiation-sensitive identification tags to the US military assisting in earthquake-ravaged Japan. The tags change…

Allied Electronics Celebrates Earth Day

FORT WORTH, Texas — Allied Electronics is gearing up to celebrate Green Week 2011, April 18-22, in honor of Earth Day 2011. Allied’s Green Week will feature a design competition, a “green” home page and “green acts.” To encourage engineers to think green, Allied is holding a Design Green Contest. From March 15 through April…