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To attain true sustainability, it's not enough to simply consider costs of powering, cooling and operating IT. It's essential to take a 'cradle to cradle' approach, taking into account IT's entire lifecycle – from the raw materials extracted to build the machine to its manufacturing and to its recycling and potential reuse.

HP Labs is working with the University of California at Berkeley to build a tool called the Lifetime Exergy Advisor, which would assess the total environmental impact (from extraction to shipping to operation and recycling) of using different types of materials (or different combinations of materials), different processes, operational or reclamation techniques.

The goal is to make it possible to return the raw materials used to a point where they can be re-used.

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