IEA urges more energy-efficient gadgets

May 13, 2009
International Energy Agency chief Nobuo Tanaka is pictured in April 2009. The IEA world energy watchdog urged action on Wednesday to make computers, mobile phones and other devices more energy-efficient as the number of users worldwide soars.

The IEA world energy watchdog urged action on Wednesday to make computers, mobile phones and other devices more energy-efficient as the number of users worldwide soars.

"Despite anticipated improvements in the efficiency of electronic devices, these savings are likely to be overshadowed by the rising demand for technology," the head of the International Energy Agency Nobuo Tanaka said in an IEA report.

The IEA "calls on governments to urgently implement policies to make such as televisions, laptops and mobile phones more energy-efficient," it said.

It forecast that "over the next seven months, the number of people using a personal computer will pass the one billion mark."

The growing consumption of electricity by such consumer electronics devices "will jeopardise efforts to increase energy security and reduce the emission of ," it warned.

"Electricity consumption from residential information and communications technologies and consumer electronics devices could be cut by more than half through the use of the best available technology and processes," it added.

(c) 2009 AFP

Explore further: First global lighting study is released

Related Stories

First global lighting study is released

June 29, 2006

The first global survey of lighting uses and costs suggests the world's electric bill would greatly decrease with a switch to efficient lighting systems.

Chipmakers shrug off economic worries

June 8, 2006

Oil prices continue to go up, and there is growing concern about inflation putting a damper on economic growth across the globe. Yet while it may be easy enough to be wary of global growth prospects, the electronics industry ...

Recommended for you

Samsung to disable Note 7 phones in recall effort

December 9, 2016

Samsung announced Friday it would disable its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in the US market to force remaining owners to stop using the devices, which were recalled for safety reasons.

Swiss unveil stratospheric solar plane

December 7, 2016

Just months after two Swiss pilots completed a historic round-the-world trip in a Sun-powered plane, another Swiss adventurer on Wednesday unveiled a solar plane aimed at reaching the stratosphere.

Solar panels repay their energy 'debt': study

December 6, 2016

The climate-friendly electricity generated by solar panels in the past 40 years has all but cancelled out the polluting energy used to produce them, a study said Tuesday.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.