If you’re the lucky recipient of the latest electronic gadgets this holiday season—or live in the same household—you may soon discover that gift comes with a price because today’s TVs, computers, video game consoles, and other devices can generate Santa-sized...continued→
Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco
I joined NRDC in 2010 after 20 years in the I.T. industry where I worked in software development, hardware integration and in energy efficiency and climate programs. My focus at NRDC is to reduce the energy consumed by information technology and consumer electronics in spite of their rapid growth. While information technology has a tremendous potential to transform the way we live and work and help the world transition towards a lower-carbon economy, the global explosion in the number of electronics devices and the Internet continues to make their energy efficiency a critical priority.
I have an M.Sc. from Ecole Centrale de Paris and a Diploma in Computer Science from Cambridge University. I spent the early part of my career in the UK and France, and moved to the Silicon Valley in 2004.
The holidays are bringing some good news for gamers and those buying consoles for them: the newest releases for the Sony PlayStation4 and Microsoft Xbox One are more energy efficient than last year’s launch versions. Unfortunately, Microsoft is still being...continued→
Two new studies provide critical information on the energy consumption of computers: A much larger share of the market than previously expected already achieves the ENERGY STAR efficiency benchmark, which means that energy-savings standards can be set higher to benefit consumers....continued→
New Study Reveals Computer Insomnia, and Higher Energy Costs and Pollution than Previously Estimated
A new study just released by the California Energy Commission defies the conventional assumption that computers spend approximately half of their time switched on and the other half either in “sleep mode” using very little electricity or turned off altogether. This...continued→
All of our online activity -- including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business -- is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive...continued→
NRDC’s new study shows that the latest game consoles – Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U – are on track to consume as much electricity each year as all the homes in Houston, the fourth-largest city in...continued→
Bill that would avoid 7 million tons CO2 emissions and save Californians $2.5 billion annually clears first hurdle in California state assembly
California Assembly Bill 2529 (AB 2529) authored by Assembly Member Das Williams and sponsored by NRDC cleared the Assembly Utilities and Commerce committee in Sacramento on Monday, April 21. The bill proposes to set a statewide goal to reduce the energy...continued→
The California Energy Commission announced today it will establish new energy efficiency standards for 15 product categories, ranging from water faucets to the light bulbs that go into small recessed cans, and consumer electronics like computers, monitors, modems and Wi-Fi...continued→
Posted February 3, 2014 by Pierre Delforge
NRDC commends the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for issuing new efficiency standards for external power supplies – those black boxes that connect many of our electronic and other household devices to wall outlets – which will save Americans $300...continued→
I killed another vampire in my home this weekend. I am talking about energy vampires. And my latest victim is my 9-year old cordless phone system. I was fed up with having to replace the rechargeable batteries every 3-4 months,...continued→
California is Setting the Standards: A Continuing Series on the California Energy Commission Process The Game Plan for Energy Efficient Video Game Consoles There aren’t any standards in effect anywhere in the world to make sure that video game consoles...continued→
California is Setting the Standards: A Continuing Series on the California Energy Commission Process New Energy Efficiency Targets for Computers and Monitors Would Save $250 Million Annually by 2020 With roughly as many computers as people in California, we spend...continued→
If California Sets Energy Efficiency Standards for 15 Products, They Could Set the Bar for the Nation
Anyone who installs a bathroom faucet, purchases a computer, acquires the latest video game console, enjoys high-speed Internet service, and/or is lucky enough to buy a new swimming pool or hot tub could save money on their utility bills if...continued→
Making 15 products that touch every portion of our lives more energy-efficient could save Californians a whopping $1.2 billion off their utility bills annually by slashing enough electricity to power every household in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Skyline, courtesy of...continued→
When Google announced plans to double its investment in its North Carolina data center to $1.2 billion last week, it also touted an innovative program with Duke Energy to expand renewable energy options in the state through a “Renewable Energy...continued→
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