Greening IT – Beyond Recycling…

The development of a Green Computer - one that contains no toxic waste, is relatively easy to reuse or recycle - is a persistent dream for environmentally aware IT developers.

Over the past 16 years, a number of computer manufacturers have claimed one or more of their products to be more or less "green". Some models have, indeed, secured one or more of the many energy and environmental labels available on a world-wide basis.

Taking place on 12th October, 2006 at the Cultivate Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin, Greening IT - Beyond Recycling is an all-day event exploring the greening of the Information Technology sector - covering issues such as the digital divide, computer recycling, eco design and featuring the launch of the worlds first 'Green Computer'.
It is a ground-breaking event on reducing waste and maximising energy efficiency in IT equipment.

The Seminar and Workshops will explore the viability of eco-design and reuse of computer equipment and will outline the latest findings of the pioneering Project HEATSUN.



09.00-09.30 – Registration (Coffee will be available)

09.30-09.50 – Introduction to Project HEATSUN
John Singleton, Project Leader (Dublin City Council)

09.50-10.10 – Bridging the Digital Divide in Dublin
Mary Fay, Manager (SwITch)

10.10-10.30 – Developing the Green Computer
Ann Galligan, Manager (Micro Pro)

10.30-10.40 - Questions and Discussion


10.40-11.00 - Break


11.00-11.20 – Environmental Technologies in Ireland
Liam Curent (Enterprise Ireland)

11.20-11.40 – Create Business, not Waste: Global Perspectives of Green Product Development
Karsten Schischke (IZM-Fraunhofer Institute & StEP Initiative)

11.40-11.50 – Questions and Discussion


11.50-13.00 – Networking Lunch and Launch of the Green Computer
(Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has been invited)


13.00-14.30 – Workshops

IAMECO Standards and Results
- led by Paul Maher (MicroPro)

Re-use of IT in Bridging the Digital Divide
- led by Mary Fay, SwITch (Saving Waste IT Can Help)

Dublin Development and Use of Life CycleAssesement Tools (DfAuto)
- led by Dr. Tom Roche (AMARTEC)


14.30-15.00 – Break


15.00-15.30 – Final Plenary Session (Panel discussion and conclusions)
Chair: John Singleton


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Key Results of Project HEATSUN (to December 2005)

Setting up collection facilities for IT Waste
Local Authority Partners pioneered the setting up of collection points for IT waste (5 to date) - creating an alternative to landfill, stockpiling and illegal dumping of Waste IT. A system for collecting, sorting and recycling this waste was also implemented.
Since August 2005, this function has been passed on to the official Compliance Schemes set up under the new WEEE Regulations.

Setting up a sustainable Social Economy Enterprise to Reuse IT
SwITch (Saving Waste IT Can Help) is a Community Service Enterprise set up by the project to provide employment and training for the long-term unemployed in the repair and reuse of IT and provides training to the community on computer applications.
SwITch was founded in 2003 and currently employs 9 people. SwITch is also funded by Pobal under the Community Service Programme

Implementing the recycling of IT waste
As a result of the Project, 20,000 items of IT waste have been collected by SwITch to date and sorted for recycling or reuse at its workshop in Swords, Co. Dublin.

Promoting the Reuse of IT waste
To date, 63 reused or upgraded IT systems have been provided to community and training projects and private individuals. A further 130 reusable units are held in storage pending allocation.

Promoting the Eco-Design of IT
Project HEATSUN has supported MicroPro (an Irish SME based in Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin) in the development of a Green Computer that will meet the requirements of the new EuP Directive and the European Eco-Label. MicroPro is also funded by the Environment Protection Agency under the Cleaner Greener Production Programme.

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