Windows 7 & iPhone carbon footprint

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Oct 222009

With Windows 7 out this week and people buying new computers in order to get it, it brings into focus the carbon footprint, as reported by the guardian (

Eric Williams of the United Nations University calculated five years ago, that most of the carbon footprint for a typical desktop computer comes not from running it but from making it. Manufacturing made up a staggering 81% of the footprint, a much greater proportion than for other household electric goods like fridges and TVs. (

The guardian concludes that if you want to cut the carbon emissions from your computing, the best way is to stick with your old machine – even if you stick with the old operating system.

On the same note, how about the iPhone… a couple of years back Greenpeace gave out about the Apples carbon footprint for the iPhone

Apple, who sold 7.4m iPhones in its latest quarter ( while posting a profit of $1.67 for the same period, are now being transparent about this, listing manufacturing as being 38% of the iPhone carbon footprint. (

 Posted by on October 22 2009