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Pierre Delforge, Director, High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, San Francisco

Pierre Delforge

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.

Recent Posts

New Study Reveals Computer Insomnia, and Higher Energy Costs and Pollution than Previously Estimated

Posted October 27, 2014 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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A new study released today 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 also means the estimates...continued

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming -- and Wasting -- Growing Amounts of Energy

Posted August 26, 2014 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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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

The Latest-Generation Video Game Consoles: How Much Energy Do They Waste When You're Not Playing?

Posted May 16, 2014 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

Posted April 22, 2014 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

California Moving Forward on 15 New Appliance Efficiency Standards

Posted March 19, 2014 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

DOE Tightens Efficiency Standards for "External Power Supplies" (Power Adapters)

Posted February 3, 2014 by Pierre Delforge

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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

Another Vampire Unhooked!

Posted October 28, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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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

The Game Plan for Energy Efficient Video Game Consoles

Posted September 3, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Solving Global Warming

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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

New Energy Efficiency Targets for Computers and Monitors Would Save $250 Million Annually by 2020

Posted August 19, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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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

Posted July 25, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Solving Global Warming

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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

California Could Save $1.2 Billion Per Year by Setting Efficiency Standards for 15 New Products

Posted May 20, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Solving Global Warming

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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

Google Wants More Renewable Energy Powering its Expanding NC Data Center

Posted April 23, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Solving Global Warming

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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

Smart Policy Advocacy for Smart ICT Solutions

Posted February 26, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Solving Global Warming

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So-called “Smart” Information and Communications Technology (ICT) solutions, such as smart grids and smart buildings, offer great promise to reduce the world’s climate-warming pollution.  However in order to make that promise a reality at scale, the ICT industry needs to...continued

NRDC-WSP Cloud Computing Study Wins Award

Posted February 25, 2013 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Thought the Hollywood award season was over?  Not quite!  The Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ) just awarded the Project Merit award for Smart Grid & Energy Management to the recent cloud computing study conducted by NRDC in partnership with WSP...continued

Is Cloud Computing Always Greener?

Posted October 3, 2012 by Pierre Delforge in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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As a growing number of businesses consider moving computer applications from on-premise server rooms to the “cloud,” a groundbreaking analysis released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council, in partnership with WSP Environment & Energy, reveals that not all of...continued

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