1. Articles in category: Fossil Fuel

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Amazon.com eBay
    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. How green are you? Ecobot knows...

      How green are you? Ecobot knows...
      The Wall Street Journal recently opined that "the inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2," causing a greater number of scientists to question the science behind global warming. Whatever your opinion in the matter, it's certainly true that the world would be better off if we wasted less energy, which is what makes open-source Ecobot so useful. Ecobot tracks your carbon footprint (Credit: Taxi) While programs like Amee help businesses measure their carbon footprints, Ecobot offers a personal "carbon trainer" for Mac users. Designed by Taxi, a Canadian corporation, Ecobot is derived from Taxi's participation in the "Green for Green" competition. The program "calculates your carbon footprint by measuring the fuel, power, and paper you use," and, importantly, does a lot of this data aggregation automatically. ("Automatically" is good - heck, if we weren't so lazy, we probably ...
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    17. Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change

      Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change
      Although freer trade could lead to increased CO2 emissions as a result of raising economic activity, it can also help ease climate change, for example, by increasing the use of mitigation technologies, according to a new WTO/UNEP report. The report indicates that there is evidence that more open trade together with actions to combat climate change can drive global innovation including new products and processes that can stimulate new clean tech businesses. The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade and Climate Change” examines the interaction between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on trade.
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    18. Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading

      Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading
      NEW YORK - The opposition by the Republicans to the idea of carbon trading is a bit baffling, given that it is a classic Wall Street-driven solution for dealing with a serious problem. Sure, carbon trading, which is the centerpiece of the Obama administration-backed American Clean Energy and Security Act, would carry a cost for consumers and companies that emit too much in greenhouse gases. But the economic impact of the bill's so-called cap-and-trade scheme would be modest -- costing the average household $175 a year in added expenses, according to the Congressional Budget Office. What's actually more baffling is President Obama's infatuation with this trading scheme, which will benefit the global environment, but will also fatten the wallets of Wall Street traders. A simple tax on polluters and carbon producers would get the job done without the kind of wealth transfer to the gilded class that Republicans generally ...
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    19. Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?

      Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?
      While organizations remain uncertain about the specific effects and requirements of future greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation and regulation, one outcome is certain: any law that puts a price on carbon will increase energy costs. To reduce vulnerability to energy cost increases, organizations must prepare now, and a comprehensive evaluation of energy use in facilities and real estate offers one of the best preparatory measures. Before carbon regulations hit, organizations need to accurately evaluate their real estate portfolios in order to understand their risk profiles and determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. In one of my earlier articles, I introduced the notion that existing buildings, not just new buildings, are critical to a low-carbon economy, and that technology strategies drive building efficiency.
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    20. Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions

      Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions
      Verizon’s latest corporate responsibility report includes environmental initiatives that have increased the telecommunications company’s energy efficiency and recycling efforts as well as reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 intensity. By applying energy-efficiency measures in its buildings, Verizon has reduced its energy usage by 16.5 million kilowatts. The New York-based company’s total energy reduction measures in [...]
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    21. Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership

      Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership
      In this response to editor Preston Gralla's post from earlier this month, the coordinator of Greenpeace's Cool IT Challenge explains how the campaign is trying to push companies on the policy front to influence the global climate debate for the better. Last week GreenerComputing.com's executive editor Preston Gralla called the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge "well-intentioned" but "simplistic and misguided." The article then demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of the campaign by stating: Look at the scorecard itself. A full 35 points out of the 100 total are devoted to speeches and political advocacy done by the companies. But speeches and advocacy aren't the key to what these companies need to be doing. Actually, it is.
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      Mentions: Gartner
    22. Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming

      Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming
      The U.S. House of Representatives may be on the verge of passing the most significant environmental measure since 1990. The bill, named for its sponsors, representatives Howard A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), would for the first time impose caps on carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. It also would allow companies to buy credits from each other, permitting them to exceed their greenhouse gas limits. While the so-called cap-and-trade mechanism (or some kind of carbon pricing) is needed, it isn't enough. To really avert climate change, the government needs to adopt an explicitly green innovation policy. Unfortunately, green innovation is getting short shrift in this bill and in Washington generally.
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    23. Is smart grid the next green-tech bubble?

      WASHINGTON--Here at a conference on the utility of the future, the starring players are Google, IBM, Cisco Systems, Intel, and smart grid start-ups. The reason? Data. Modernizing the grid isn't just about installing more transmissions lines and smart meters. It's a giant information challenge as well, said attendees of consulting firm Kema's Utility of the Future conference here on Thursday. The heavyweight IT companies are seeking to capitalize on initiatives around the world to upgrade the power infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to soon announce how billions of dollars in stimulus money for smart grid will be allocated. Smart grid has also become one of clean-tech venture capitalists' favorite areas, spawning dozens of start-ups with ways to make the grid run more efficiently and integrate more solar and wind power. Altogether, it's a combination that could end up creating a bubble, said ...
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      Mentions: Intel Google Cisco
    24. Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade

      Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade
      With oil prices holding steady around $70 I sat down with Conoco Phillips CEO James Mulva to discuss commodities and what needs to be included in any cap-and-trade legislation. Mulva says the increase in crude prices are based on expectations of the economy stabilizing soon.”There are some indications, not only in our own country, but in the world that we are starting to work toward and that’s good, that gives confidence.” The company had to cut workers and put projects on hold in the face of the downturn, but he said they are in a long-term business and are prepared to get through economic cycles. “We continue to invest in the long-term, but it doesn’t really change our long term strategy.” We also hit on the proposed cap-and-trade legislation and the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Mulva said the Waxman bill favors some industries over ...
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