IT giants tackle climate change in PhilippinesDecember 2008
Intel and Hewlett-Packard, two of the world’s biggest information technology groups, are to tackle global warming and climate change through their Philippines operations.
David Tan, managing director and general manager for technology solutions at HP Philippines, said reducing energy use could save companies such as HP Philippines billions of pesos, while promoting corporate social responsibility.
Ricky Banaag, country representative of Intel Technology Philippines, said his company, one of the biggest manufacturers of microprocessors used in computers and mobile phones, would continue to soften its environmental impact by reducing air pollution, conserving energy and water, minimizing use of chemicals and improving its logistics and transport systems.
He said Intel had already reduced its packaging and therefore cut the company’s shipments and fuel consumption in recent years. More than three million gallons of water are reclaimed every year through a special collections system, a saving equivalent to the annual requirement of more than 100,000 Filipino families.
Intel now aims to reduce its global warming gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2012 from its 2007 levels and to reduce energy consumption per chip production by 5 per cent per year up to 2012. During the same period it intends to cut water use, to reduce chemical waste generation per chip by 10 per cent, and to recycle 80 per cent of all chemical and solid waste.
Tan said HP Philippines would reduce energy consumption by 16 per cent by 2010. It would increase energy efficiency by between 25 and 50 per cent for notebooks, printers and servers, reduce energy required to cool data centres by between 25 and 40 per cent, and provide customers with smart print management solutions.
The two companies announced their plans during the Greenergy 2008 forum held at the Amorita Resort in the Philippines.
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