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    1. More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions

      More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions
      Economists have long seen a carbon tax as a good idea because of its simplicity: Polluters pay at a level that is set by decree. Lucas Dolega/European PressPhoto Agency Nicolas Sarkozy, left, with the French officials Laurence Rossignol, Harlem Desir, Jean Louis Borloo and Martine Aubry, was to unveil details of a carbon tax. But the idea never caught on widely in the United States or Europe, where governments jealously guard their autonomy on taxes. Industries lobbied for a market-based system called cap and trade instead, which they helped to design and from which some have profited handsomely. Now, with only modest progress so far in meeting goals set for greenhouse gas reduction, the carbon tax may be making a comeback.
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    2. Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs

      Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs
      Reports early in 2009 about the ICT sector's carbon dioxide emissions must have caused embarrassment to senior board members. In one case, it was suggested that a North American datacentre belonging to a major search engine might need as much power as all the homes in Newcastle, UK. So the rapid development by several ICT companies of a whole range of software with an environmental theme has come not a moment too soon.
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    3. London Selects Low-Carbon Zones

      London Selects Low-Carbon Zones
      The Mayor of London, England, has designated the first 10 “low-carbon” zones in the capital city that will receive more than £200,000 (approximately $327,700) to fund low-carbon projects that include the installation of rooftop solar panels, and electric car recharging stations, reports Envido. The low-carbon zones are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 20.12 percent [...]
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    4. To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen

      To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen
      Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory have been working for the past year and a half on a process to convert biomass, such straw or crop residue, into liquid fuels at a far higher efficiency than existing cellulosic ethanol technologies. A scarce resource for fuel? (Credit: Idaho National Laboratory) Rather than one single development, the technology--named bio-syntrolysis--ties together multiple processes, but it has electrolysis, or splitting water to make hydrogen, at is starting point. When combined with a carbon-free electricity source, the approach could deliver a carbon-neutral biofuel, according to models done at INL which has done research for decades in nuclear energy.
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    5. 100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century

      100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century
      One year from its launch, the Carbon Trust Standard Company has certified financial services group HSBC as its 100th achiever. Over the last 12 months, the 100 Carbon Trust Standard recipients have cut their emissions by over 600,000 tonnes of carbon and saved over £50 million. The Carbon Trust Standard is a mark of excellence awarded to organisations for measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions over time. As the 100th company to achieve the certification, HSBC follows in the footsteps of big brands such as Asda, Tesco, O2, Eurotunnel and Eversheds.
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    6. Britain's energy crisis - How long till the lights go out?

      Britain's energy crisis - How long till the lights go out?
      Thanks to its posturing politicians, Britain will soon start to run out of electricity. What should it do? IN THE frigid opening days of 2009, Britain’s electricity demand peaked at 59 gigawatts (GW). Just over 45% of that came from power plants fuelled by gas from the North Sea. A further 35% or so came from coal, less than 15% from nuclear power and the rest from a hotch-potch of other sources. By 2015, assuming that modest economic growth resumes, a reasonable guess is that Britain will need around 64GW to cope with similar conditions. Where will that come from?
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    7. Q&A: Baryonyx & Its Massive Wind-Powered Data Center Plan

      Q&A: Baryonyx & Its Massive Wind-Powered Data Center Plan
      Last week a 2-month-old startup called Baryonyx emerged to declare that it had won bids for three massive land leases in Texas (for over 45,000 acres combined), and would be building the largest offshore wind farms in the U.S. in order to power data centers in the South of Texas. Given that offshore and onshore wind farms have struggled with high costs (T. Boone ditched his plan to build the world’s largest wind farm in Texas), very few data centers are currently powered by renewables, and that this is coming from a virtually unknown infant company, the plan comes across as borderline ridiculous. But.....
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    8. Business backs 20% emissions cut target

      Business backs 20% emissions cut target
      The New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development has advised the Government to set a unilateral target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. The business leadership group, which includes some of the country's largest enterprises, says the country should also consider a possible reduction of 30% or more - if international climate change treaty talks adopt proposals which put our trade-exposed industries on a fairer footing.
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    9. Impact of intermittency

      Impact of intermittency
      A ground-breaking study by Pöyry has revealed for the first time how the electricity markets will be profoundly affected by the growth of wind energy. The report, called 'Impact of Intermittency', provides a unique insight into how the electricity sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland could look by 2030. Both countries have set ambitious targets to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, and wind energy is expected to be the greatest contributor. But the impact of the dramatic amounts of wind generation capacity needed to meet the challenge has largely remained uncertain.
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    10. CBI response to plans to electrify railways

      CBI response to plans to electrify railways
      The CBI today commented on the government’s plans for the electrification of the rail route from London to Swansea. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Director of Business Environment, said: “With transport accounting for nearly a quarter of emissions in the UK, the electrification of the rail network is a positive step towards decarbonising our whole public transport network. We need to change the way we move ourselves and freight around the country to reduce emissions. “Electrification of the railways will increase future demand on electricity generation, so we must speed up investment in a balanced mix of low-carbon energy sources.
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    11. Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative

      Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative
      Samsung Electronics has announced a new green management initiative that details a comprehensive set of goals by 2013 that includes the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from manufacturing and products, the development of eco-friendly products, financial investment in eco-management initiatives, and enhanced green partnerships with suppliers and partners. Samsung’s “Eco-Management 2013″ plan centers on four core green management objectives: reducing greenhouse gas emissions normalized by sales at manufacturing facilities by 50 percent and cutting total indirect greenhouse gas emissions from all products by 84 million tons over a five year period through 2013;
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    12. Army Bases Adopt GHG Management System

      Army Bases Adopt GHG Management System
      A greenhouse gas reporting and management software system is being rolled out to an additional 11 bases, as part of the military’s general move to lessen its environmental impact. The Internet-based system, a product of Enviance, has been in place at Fort Carson in Colorado since June of 2008. Now it is being adopted at 11 [...]
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    13. Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting

      Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting
      As more companies face the daunting task of reporting on a variety of environmental performance criteria, they will be getting a helping hand thanks to a host of new sustainability software offerings. These are primarily web-based tools that can help businesses manage, analyze and report on their carbon footprints from measuring energy consumption to calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet growing demand from governments, global financial markets and consumers for full disclosure of their environmental footprint.
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    14. Green House Data - Wyoming

      Green House Data - Wyoming
      Green House Data provides the first “truly green data center” located the Cheyenne, Wyoming. Data centers represent a large and growing source of carbon dioxide emissions and are expected to surpass the airline industry by 2022. Green House’s data center is powered entirely with purchased renewable energy and in the future will be partially powered by on-site wind turbines. The company has also focused on energy efficiency which is valuable for environmental and financial reasons. By achieving 30% lower energy costs, the company can offer 10% lower costs to customers. The center benefits from its location which provides “240 days of free cooling” but also utilizes efficient cooling, next generation rack infrastructure and a scalable, modular design. According the President Shawn Mills the company is “not trying to hide how energy efficiencies” are achieved and is sharing these techniques, including presentations at major data center conferences in hopes more ...
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    15. Will the Feds Manhandle your Data Center?

      Will the Feds Manhandle your Data Center?
      The agreement just reached by the G8 to reduce greenhouse emissions may not be a particularly strong one, but it will inevitably lead to increased U.S. attempts to halt global warming. And that means that your data center may be in the cross-hairs. Data centers are power-hungry, and ultimately lead to significant emissions. So one way or another, they'll be affected by regulations such as cap-and-trade ones related to CO2.
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    16. UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?

      UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?
      ATLANTA—UPS said today it plans to reduce its airline carbon emissions by an additional 20 percent from 2005 to 2020, which would be a cumulative reduction of 42 percent since 1990. This objective was disclosed in its annual UPS Sustainability Report, which noted that UPS Airlines has a firm position as an industry leader in fuel efficiency in the package delivery sector, with an efficiency factor of 1.42 CO2 pounds per available ton mile—and a goal to reduce that factor to 1.24 CO2 pounds per available ton mile by 2020. Distribution is a key point of eCommerce sites like eBay and Amazon. McIntire added that UPS also wants to be a reliable supply chain partner for shippers, which is why it now has transparency in its CO2 emissions reporting [Scope 1, 2, and 3] and emissions-reduction goals.”
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    17. Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson

      Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson
      If you want to guarantee a flood of angry email responses, write something that appears to endorse the energy bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. I did, and the stream of vitriol that followed was stunning. “Idiot” was the kindest remark and “You are absolutely batty” the most succinct. When I could get past the nasty comments, the thinking fell along a few lines: First, that global warming is a myth perpetrated by Al Gore and others; second, implementing cap and trade measures for U.S. businesses will jettison our economy and cost jobs; and three, if India and China aren’t going to do this, why should the U.S.?
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    18. The State of Green IT

      The State of Green IT
      John Lamb, an IT architect with IBM, is the author of the new book, The Greening of IT, a guidebook for optimizing IT infrastructure from top to bottom. Aimed at any level of the organization, from CEOs or CIOs to data center managers and sysadmins, the book digs in deep to some of the best existing ways for making IT systems as energy efficient as possible. At the end of our wide-ranging talk, I asked John to walk me through a thought exercise that lays out the green IT projects that make the most sense for three kinds of companies: those just starting out, companies with some experience and upper-level buy-in, and companies that have gathered all the low-hanging fruit. That thought exercise has been posted as a podcast, and the audio and full transcript are online at GreenBiz.com. Matthew Wheeland: You're currently in South Africa working on ...
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    19. How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals

      How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals
      Corporate sustainability programs that address efficiencies throughout an organization will make the greatest impact over time. Following that premise, Raytheon's sustainability initiative involves a green IT strategy as one of several ways the company is reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. The company has realized its initial greenhouse gas reduction goal, with Raytheon IT delivering measurable environmental and operational improvements as part of the enterprisewide effort. The Situation: Approximately 90 percent of Raytheon's greenhouse gas emissions come from energy consumption. As a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, Raytheon committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent per dollar of revenue between 2002 and 2009. The company exceeded its goal by realizing a 38 percent cut by 2008. Raytheon's green IT strategy focused initially on the company's data centers, where space and power constraints ...
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    20. CME Revs Up for Surge in Carbon Credit Trading

      CME Revs Up for Surge in Carbon Credit Trading
      As the Senate debates the American Clean Energy and Security Act recently passed in the House that attempts to create a cap-and-trade scheme for carbon emissions in the U.S. similar to Europe's, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has been ramping up its efforts to prepare for an expected surge in carbon credit trading. The climate-change bill would put a limit on the amount of carbon emissions a company can generate, but allow over-limit companies to meet their requirements by purchasing credits from those emitting less pollution than they're allowed. A voluntary carbon credit market already exists in the U.S.; the bill under debate would broaden the market to those who must buy carbon credits or face penalties (or drastically reduce their carbon emissions).
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    21. U.S. government maps solar energy future

      U.S. government maps solar energy future
      The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, in conjunction with the Department of Energy, this week released six maps that could help determine the location of the next big push in solar energy. The BLM maps cover areas within the six U.S. states most suitable for solar energy generation and transmission as judged by the U.S. government: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. "Only lands with excellent solar resources, suitable slope, proximity to roads and transmission lines or designated corridors, and containing at least 2,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands were considered for solar energy study areas. Sensitive lands, wilderness and other high-conservation-value lands as well as lands with conflicting uses were excluded," according to a BLM statement released with the maps.
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    22. Yahoo redesigns data center, ditches carbon offsets

      Yahoo redesigns data center, ditches carbon offsets
      Yahoo thinks its plan for a new data center could eventually help the company achieve carbon-neutral status without having to resort to the purchase of carbon offsets. Yahoo designed its forthcoming data center to let outside air cool the servers at all times, borrowing the idea from the design of a chicken coop, according to Yahoo co-founder David Filo. The company joined New York officials such as Governor David Patterson and Senator Charles Schumer Tuesday to unveil plans for the data center, the design of which Yahoo is attempting to patent.
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    23. Carbon labelling expands internationally

      Carbon labelling expands internationally
      The world’s first carbon label for consumer products is set to go global with the announcement today that Australia is to join the UK in using the Carbon Trust’s system. The Carbon Trust, an organisation backed by the UK Government, has signed an agreement with Planet Ark, a leading Australian environmental organisation, to establish its Carbon Reduction Label in Australia. The first products bearing the label are expected to hit Australian supermarket shelves in 2010. The Carbon Trust’s scheme was launched in the UK in 2007 and in less than two years has won the support of over 60 product manufacturers. The label now appears on more than 2,500 UK consumer products, from potato crisps to fruit juice, paving stones to bank accounts. Brands that have taken on the system include the leading UK supermarket chain Tesco, Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill bread and PepsiCo’s Walkers, Quakers ...
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