The government has set up a new taskforce to tackle PC carbon dioxide emissions

Government initiative to make PCs green

A new government taskforce called ‘Green Shift’ has been set up to combat the carbon dioxide emissions from the production, operation and disposal of personal computers, reported the BBC.

The organisation will pilot a ‘green PC’ scheme which will develop machines that use 98 per cent less energy than current PCs. The set up operates by hosting office applications, email and internet surfing on hub data centres, which can be accessed by a small desktop box.

The programme will also aim to use 75 per cent fewer resources in the production of the PCs.

"Cyber-warming is a massive issue and that is why we have taken decisive action with the appointment of the taskforce,” said local government minister Phil Woolas. "The new taskforce is the first of its kind in the world and is a sign of how serious the UK is about tackling this issue.

“Innovative proposals like the green PC service are essential if we are to tackle climate change. Only if all of our communities are engaged in action to tackle climate change will we be successful."

The scheme is set to be piloted in early 2008 and fully implemented by 2009.

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