Small steps really make a difference.
We work to improve the energy-saving features throughout our product portfolio, including energy-efficient chargers, to help our customers save energy.
Electronic devices inevitably require the consumption of energy. Microsoft is committed to reducing the direct effects caused by the energy consumption of our products.
At Microsoft, we also believe technology has tremendous potential to address environmental challenges. In FY15, SCS sponsored a report in partnership with the Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs (CELA) group, the SMARTer 2030 Report, which was released at the Bonn Climate Change Conference by the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI). Endorsed by the European Union Commission and the United Nations, the report emphatically affirms the positive role that Information and Communications Technology (ICT) can play in achieving a more sustainable world.
While historically, economic growth has been accompanied by increased carbon emissions, the report identifies ICT as a way to grow sustainably. ICT can enable a 20 percent reduction of global CO₂ emissions by 2030, effectively holding global emissions at current levels and potentially decoupling growth from climate impact. At the same time, ICT could generate more than $11 trillion in sustainable benefits.
To enhance the positive role that ICT can play, Device Supply Chain has partnered with hardware product development to lessen the energy consumed by our products during their use. Microsoft Surface Pro 4, ENERGY STAR–certified and registered with EPEAT, demonstrates that a powerful, full-function computer can operate using no more energy than less functional tablets on the market.
All of energy associated with your device from its manufacture through your use and recycling of it, are considered in our life cycle analysis.
We work to improve the energy-saving features throughout our product portfolio, including energy-efficient chargers, to help our customers save energy. Small steps make a really big difference. All our devices come with power-saving standby settings, and our Lumia smartphones have a battery-saving feature. We have also introduced applications, features and technologies such as ambient light sensors, efficient Snapdragon™ processors, and OLED or AMOLED displays to save energy.
Continuous improvement through smarter design
Choose a smarter mobile phone charger
To help you choose the most energy efficient charger, we, along with other handset manufacturers, use a common energy rating system.
We rate each charger according to how much energy it uses when it’s left plugged in to the mains (the so-called ‘no-load mode’). This makes it easy to choose the most efficient charger.
Five stars is the most efficient, while zero star chargers use the most energy in no-load mode.
Power ratings for our mobile phone chargers
Check out the ratings for all our chargers.
Our most energy efficient chargers earn a five star rating. The label looks like this:
Energy consumed by consoles
An important part of our business strategy includes reducing the energy consumed by consoles within a generation while maintaining the same level of gaming power. For example, since the launch of Xbox 360 in 2005, our engineering teams have successfully reduced standby power by a factor of 10 to less than three tenths of a watt, resulting in a 60 percent reduction in energy use. Our development and compliance engineers ensure that all of our products meet regulatory requirements such as the EU’s Energy-Related Product Directive.
Carrying lessons learned from Xbox 360 forward, we continued our commitment to reduce energy usage through the design of Xbox One, launched in 2013. Xbox One provides eight to ten times the processing power of Xbox 360. Despite this significant increase, the electrical power required for gaming is 30 percent less than that of its predecessor when it launched in 2005. Power needed for media play and dashboard is half that of the Xbox 360 at launch. The increase in efficiency results from scalable processor architecture that wasn’t available for Xbox 360. Other efficiencies are gained by providing the user with choices about console functionality while in standby mode.
In 2009, game consoles were identified by the European Commission as a “priority product group” to be covered either by regulation or a self-regulatory initiative for the purpose of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We have been working with other console manufacturers to develop responsible requirements to achieve that goal. The resulting initiative is in the form of a design specification for Xbox 360 and Xbox One. In other words, our current products comply fully with the requirements in the initiative. This voluntary agreement is a joint commitment by the manufacturers, which is estimated to deliver collective energy savings in the EU of 1 TWh per year by 2020. This corresponds to the annual electricity consumption for over 250,000 households. On April 22, 2015, the European Commission confirmed that the voluntary agreement would achieve the policy objectives set out by the EU's Ecodesign Directive more quickly and cost-effectively than mandatory requirements.
Our strategy to contain our carbon footprint and improve environmental sustainability extends to the distribution of our products were we prioritize moving away from air transportation toward more carbon efficient ocean and rail wherever possible. In 2014, Device Supply Chain became a certified SmartWay® Transport Partner with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). SmartWay® is a public-private initiative between the EPA, carriers, logistics companies, and manufacturers. The purpose is to improve fuel efficiency and environmental performance of supply chains, and to accelerate availability and adoption of advanced, fuel-efficient technologies and operational practices. This certification will allow us to continue improving the energy and environmental efficiency of freight operations .
In addition, the work that we do to lessen the size and weight of our products and increase the efficiency of our packaging enables us to both ship more efficiently and improve the sustainability of our products.
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