Google Earth Day 2022: Sustainable IT with Chrome OS

Google’s 1st Earth Day Live Event in London is designed around Dr. Sutton-Parker’s research findings

For Earth Day 2022 Google hosted a unique live event at their King’s Cross, London offices for hundreds of customers and partners that was also streamed to online audiences in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Themed upon the research findings of Dr. Sutton-Parker that show Chrome OS is more energy efficient than comparative operating systems and that Chrome OS Flex can extend device lifespans, the day included a great line up of speakers and important sustainable IT ideas.

On arrival, the audience were invited to download and use a custom mobile application created by Google using Dr. Sutton-Parker’s research data and algorithms to show the quantity of GHG emissions that could be avoided by applying Chrome OS solutions to existing end user computing environments.

In the main auditorium, Mike Wheeler-Wyatt, Director of Chrome Enterprise EMEA opened the event before Dr. Sutton-Parker, Px3 CEO, delivered a keynote called, ‘Why Sustainable IT?’ to frame why sustainable IT is vital to climate action in the workplace and how Google can accelerate abatement of computing emissions.

This was followed by Jacqueline Pynadath, Director of Sustainability and Innovation discussing Google’s sustainable operations before Sahar Golestani, Head of Platforms Product Marketing at Google highlighted how to give Microsoft and Apple devices a new life with Chrome OS Flex.

The event included two Chrome OS case studies with Nordic Choice Hotels (now Strawberry) and The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames and Sutton Councils. Both organisations had adopted Chrome OS solutions to lower scope 2 electricity and scope 3 supply chain GHG emissions. Kari Anna Fiskvik, Vice President of Technology, Strawberry and David Grasty, Corporate Head of Digital and Strategy, Kingston Council, explained how the approaches improved their IT environmental impact while saving millions of pounds in utility and procurement costs.

Both original impact research case studies were conducted by Dr. Sutton-Parker and The Strawberry case study can be downloaded here and the video viewed here. While the Kingston and Sutton council case study can be read here and the video viewed here.

To round out the day leading Wildlife Biologist and Broadcaster Lizzie Daly shared her work to remind us just how amazing Earth is and how fragile it has become.

Watch the Google Earth Day 2022 summary video here