Green Technology Trends That Will Drive the Industry Forward

edited March 10 in Acer Corner

The green technology industry is evolving rapidly. Each year, new products come to the market, new innovations are announced, and consumers and businesses alike are provided with more opportunities to reduce their carbon footprint and be more eco-friendly.

 But as the pace of innovation in the green tech industry only increases, trying to keep up on the trends can be difficult. As companies like Acer continue to innovate in the green tech market, new products and modernizations are making a real impact on the environment. And those in the know can take full advantage of the opportunities green tech products can deliver.

To fully take advantage of the green tech movement, it’s important to know what’s driving the trends and how they’re evolving. So read on for more on green tech trends and important things to keep in mind as you keep your eye on the industry’s developments.

The rise of green PCs

As the technology industry continues to evolve, green PCs like Acer’s Aspire Vero computers are becoming increasingly popular.

Green PCs can be either desktops or laptops and generally offer features you won’t find in less environmentally friendly machines. Acer’s Vero computers come with post-consumer recycled plastic in parts of their keyboards and cases. They also nix paint to reduce harmful chemical usage and have standard-sized screws to make them easier to repair and upgrade. 

Looking ahead, green PCs are only expected to evolve and improve their appeal to eco-conscious shoppers. And since green PCs are as powerful as their less-eco-friendly alternatives, green desktops and green laptops are quickly becoming the go-to option for a growing cohort of customers.

Improved e-waste recycling experiences

While there are plenty of ways to recycle e-waste today, all signs point to that effort only growing in options (and popularity) in the coming months and years.

Tech companies and retailers currently offer e-waste recycling options to customers. In some cases, they opt to refurbish machines and resell them to consumers and in others, they simply use the components and other materials in the e-waste for use in future products. In either case, the appeal is clear: by recycling components or entire computers, a machine that may have otherwise been tossed in the junk heap will still be in use.

A variety of organizations are also making it easier for consumers to donate their products to those who haven’t had access to technology or the Internet. By doing so, you can make a positive impact on the lives of those who aren’t connected and recycle electronics along the way. That ultimately results in less environmental waste and more opportunities for people around the globe to get connected and improve their lives.

All-important artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is one of the secret ingredients in building the green technology industry. With artificial intelligence features baked into the software running on hardware, companies can make significant strides in improving eco-friendliness in their products.

Artificial intelligence can be used in a variety of ways in today’s technology. Artificial intelligence can analyze a laptop’s battery and improve its performance by powering it up and down depending on a user’s needs. The same insights can be used to improve monitor efficiencies by turning off a screen when it’s not in use or by cycling down a processor when its extra performance isn’t required.

Looking ahead, the opportunities for artificial intelligence to positively impact green technology trends should only improve. With machine learning, companies can help consumers make more informed decisions about the ways they interact with products, when and why they interact with those products, and the ways they can reduce their impact on the environment by being more responsible in the ways they use their products.

How software plays a role

In addition to artificial intelligence, broader software improvements and features can also drive significant gains in green technology’s growth and evolution.

In Acer’s Aspire Vero computers, users can turn on Eco+, an optimized software setting that turns off certain non-critical features to improve environmental friendliness. Other software features in a variety of green tech products also work to optimize performance while limiting their impact on the environment.

As software continues to evolve, ensuring that it’s optimized for eco-friendliness will be critical. In the search for more powerful performance or more attractive features, some software developers fail to think enough about power consumption and how resource-intensive their software may be. Improvements to efficiencies that don’t affect performance will be a critical component in making green technology greener.

But more than anything, the technology industry needs to work together to improve eco-friendliness across all products and services. Acer is proud to be an industry leader in driving green initiatives, but others need to follow suit and commit to delivering products that can offer the performance consumers desire with the environmental friendliness they deserve.

A look at existing trends and where the market is headed suggests there’s reason to be optimistic about the future of green technology. But the sooner companies and consumers alike commit to it, the sooner the technology industry will officially go green.

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