A remote and green classroom

In just one year, the usual school paradigm has changed tremendously. Everywhere in the world, and also in the UK, we witnessed a sudden transition to remote and online education. This also presented quite a challenge to both teachers and students who were not equipped adequately before. According to the research by education technology company RM, 79% of teachers and 70% of parents recognised that their school’s use of the technology pre-Covid was insufficient. Teachers stated a lack of training, time wasted setting up technology, and also lack of suitable devices in their homes.

In a single home, it may be quite common that every person needs access to their own workstation, whether it’s a tablet, laptop or a desktop PC. Higher requirements cause increased responsibilities as well, however. The power consumption of each of these devices will increase the total cost of utilities, and will also create a burden to nature’s finite resources. Let’s not forget that the world is not only facing a pandemic but also a global climate crisis. This means, every decision made can make a difference and should reflect our individual responsibility to minimise carbon footprint.

While the challenges caused by the pandemic should be addressed with new and innovative solutions, they should also not compromise our commitment to protect our planet. Therefore, Philips monitors has been focussing on environmentally-friendly technology – which comes in handy now because it offers what teachers and students need from a technological standpoint but wrapped up in a sustainable product.

Philips monitors’ most energy efficient display, the 24” 242B1G is designed for sustainable productivity. With a super-efficient power supply, this monitor achieves a higher energy class (corresponding to the new European Energy Label C), consuming just 8.6W (typical) in its ECO mode, and 12.8W in its ON mode (EnergyStar tested). The power-efficient model uses a new LED backlight technology, which maintains brightness and colour using significantly less energy. Furthermore, the infrared PowerSensor detects the absence of a user in front of it and reduces the brightness automatically, cutting energy costs up to 80 percent. With the Zero Watt hard power switch the monitor can be turned off completely and disconnected from the mains.

This green monitor is not only environmentally friendly during its usage, but during its production as well. All body plastic parts, metal chassis parts and packing materials use 100% recyclable materials. Also, the models are built from up to 85% post-consumer recycled plastics. The monitor’s packaging is even completely plastic-free.

If we add up the need of a new display for many students and teachers in the UK due to remote-learning requirements, the amount of plastic generated and the increased power usage will add up to a tremendous amount. To calculate how much one can save with these greenest monitors, check out Philips’ monitor energy calculator tool.

The 24” Philips 242B1G, and its bigger sibling the 27” Philips 272B1G, are also both excellent candidates for students and teachers to improve their equipment, while having a clear conscience doing so. While consuming less power and built in an environmentally friendly way, the monitors don’t compromise on image quality or other external features such as ergonomics. The Full HD IPS panel both of these models are equipped with, is colour-accurate and - with wide viewing angles of 178° - also usable for multiple people at once. To counteract the damaging effects caused by increased time spent in front of a display, these models are also equipped with eye-saving features such as the LowBlue mode and are certified with TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort. Further certifications in terms of sustainability are proven with the EnergyStar 8.0 and EPEAT ratings.

The pandemic brought not only challenges in terms of needing a new display, but also other peripherals such as a webcam. Additionally, both teachers and students had to adapt to take care of their privacy even more when their webcam is switched on for a significant portion of their days.

Philips’ web-cam equipped models come to the rescue in this case. The 24” Philips 242B1H with Full HD resolution and the 27” Philips 275B1H with QHD resolution, both come equipped with a built-in, pop-up webcam. The pop-up functionality is a great life saver, which enables users to tuck the webcam behind the panel after its use and avoid any unintended mishaps. The 2.0 MP Full HD webcam with microphone also supports Windows 10 Hello, which means users can login to their systems without typing their password by simply using the facial recognition option for Windows. Similar to the greenest models above, these two are also equipped for LightSensor (to adjust the brightness according to the ambient light), PowerSensor (to reduce brightness in absence of a user) and the Zero watt hard power switch, achieving just 10.9W (typical) usage in its ECO mode. Both models are also use 100% recyclable packaging material and up to 85% built from post-consumer recycled plastic.

In this day and age, it’s crucial for teachers and students to catch up with today’s technological advancements. The Philips’ greenest monitors and their web-cam equipped monitors are perfect candidates for them to set themselves up for success, while reducing both environmental and financial costs by combining their needs in a single package.