Green AV: Potential for sustainability in the AV industry

Sustainability has long been a cross-industry topic. The AV industry is also increasingly focusing on sustainable practices and is looking for ways to make its solutions more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly and to advance digitalisation as ecologically as possible. This is what the term Green AV stands for. As technology develops, the integration of environmentally friendly solutions is becoming another aspect of the development and implementation of AV systems. Technology can contribute to this major social issue. We have summarised some basic ideas and approaches for you.

Energy-efficient appliances

One of the most important pillars of Green AV is the selection and use of energy-efficient devices. Manufacturers of AV technology are constantly looking for new ways to design their products accordingly. This includes screens, projectors, audio systems and other AV components that meet energy efficiency standards. By opting for devices with lower energy consumption, companies can reduce their overall carbon footprint without sacrificing performance. At the same time, they can save money.

Energy management

Energy management solutions play a crucial role in Green AV as they control and reduce energy consumption when technical devices and installations are inactive. Intelligent power strips, automatic controls and energy-efficient standby modes ensure that AV devices do not consume power unnecessarily when they are not in use.

Recycling and disposal

Responsible disposal and recycling of electronic waste are fundamental aspects of Green AV. Organisations are encouraged to implement proper procedures for the disposal of e-waste to ensure that obsolete or non-functional technology is recycled or disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner. This commitment to responsible disposal is critical to minimising the environmental impact of electronic equipment.

Energy-efficient building design

Integrating AV systems into energy-efficient building designs is a holistic approach to sustainability. By aligning AV installations with green building standards, organisations can optimise energy consumption, improve overall efficiency and create sustainable working environments. IoT and sensor technology play a role here to obtain important data for the operation of technology and buildings and regulate accordingly. This synergy between AV technology and sustainable architecture is an important step towards comprehensive green practices. AV systems are always a part of larger system complexes. It is therefore important to think outside the box and discover synergies.

Remote Collaboration

In the age of global connectivity, Green AV goes beyond looking at hardware and also includes the promotion of remote collaboration. Using AV technology to facilitate virtual or hybrid meetings and conferences reduces the need for extensive travelling. This not only increases efficiency, but also helps to reduce the environmental footprint associated with business travel.

Green AV standards and certifications

The introduction of Green AV standards and certifications (e.g. TCO certification) emphasises the industry’s commitment to sustainable practices. Companies can be certified under Green AV programmes to demonstrate compliance with certain sustainability criteria. These initiatives provide a framework for evaluating and implementing environmentally conscious practices in the AV industry.

Sustainable materials

Green AV also includes considering the materials used in the production of AV devices. Opting for sustainable and recyclable materials reduces the environmental impact associated with production and disposal. This commitment to sustainable procurement is in line with the principles of the circular economy and promotes responsible resource management throughout the entire product life cycle.

Lifecycle Management

A holistic view of AV/IT systems across the entire lifecycle with corresponding technology and operating concepts is essential for the sustainable and efficient use of technology. This also involves issues such as transport and supply chains and the effective management and coordination of service providers.

Sensitisation & cooperation

The success of developing measures to promote sustainability depends on the active participation and understanding of those involved. It is undisputed that the topic is becoming increasingly important. There is certainly still room for improvement in the AV industry. We are excited to see what role this topic will play at ISE 2024. Collaboration within the AV industry is crucial to drive joint efforts towards sustainability. Industry forums, conferences and joint projects provide platforms for sharing best practices, innovations and challenges. By fostering a culture of collaboration, the AV industry can tackle sustainability issues together and work towards common goals. To summarise, Green AV is a multifaceted approach that goes beyond the technical equipment with sustainable products. It encompasses the entire life cycle of AV systems. Through continuous innovation, collaboration and a commitment to responsible practices, Green AV can definitely contribute if these approaches are pursued further and the topic is focussed on even more in the future.
Author: Felix Niedrich, Editor macom GmbH