1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. Bridging the gap between IT and facilities

      Bridging the gap between IT and facilities
      There was a time when an IT admin would hardly give a second thought to slapping a new server into a rack in the data center. There was no need for him or her to fret over whether there was enough power or cooling to support the new machine; that was something for facilities to worry about. But things have changed. With data centers facing a shortage of floor space, limited energy supplies, and demands from on high to reduce operating costs and carbon emissions, IT admins have had to broaden their purview beyond simply ensuring that servers are serving, storage gear is storing, and the network is blazing. IT is now expected to track energy efficiency at granular and broad levels, including monitoring energy consumption and even heeding climate, humidity, and power availability.
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    2. Firms Told To Take Ownership Of Carbon Management

      Firms Told To Take Ownership Of Carbon Management
      Board-level bosses are being warned that their firms will fail to achieve reductions in CO2 emissions unless they take ownership of carbon management With the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) legislation looming in the UK, senior management figures are being advised to take a hands-on approach to their carbon management. So said a new report from research firm Verdantix, which warned that unless CEOs take ownership of carbon management as a business transformation challenge, not a corporate responsibility issue, their firms will fail to achieve absolute reductions in CO2 emissions.
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    3. Green supplier report: Purchasing counts the carbons

      Green supplier report: Purchasing counts the carbons
      Purchasing departments are playing key roles in company campaigns to reduce their carbon footprint from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Purchasing has been looking for energy savings since long before climate change science fingered GHG as a contributing cause. Aside from finding greener energy sources and contributing to energy efficiency innovations, they are involved in changing the materials buy or moving to processes that emit less CO2 and other gasses. "There has been surge of interest over the last year and half in inquiries about GHG emissions," says James Solo, vice president at Trucost, a U.K.-based consulting firm that assists companies in tracking and mitigating their emissions. "Just getting a handle on which operations generate emissions can be a challenge," Solo says.
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    4. How Cap & Trade May Impact the Data Center

      How Cap & Trade May Impact the Data Center
      As governments around the world continue to explore and implement carbon emissions standards and carbon reduction commitments, many companies will be required to participate in auction-based carbon emissions trading schemes that are designed to provide economic and reputational incentives for achieving reductions in emissions. In many cases, those companies that do not reduce emissions could face financial penalties in the form of emissions credits they will need to purchase. For example, in the United Kingdom, the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme will begin in April 2010 to promote energy efficiency and help reduce carbon emissions.
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    5. Energy Efficiency Gains Horsepower: The State of Green Business 2010

      Energy Efficiency Gains Horsepower: The State of Green Business 2010
      As managing greenhouse gas emissions continues to rise in priority inside companies, the need to find large, cost-effective energy savings is becoming increasingly important. Some of the biggest opportunities come from basic upgrades — of lighting, air conditioning, equipment, vehicles and other energy-using things. Coca-Cola Enterprises, for example, said it would slash its electricity consumption by 5.6 million kilowatt-hours a year as a result of an energy-efficiency overhaul of just its lighting systems at 24 facilities in the state. But that barely illuminates the opportunity. There are equally large savings to be found from a wide range of energy-management practices. Managing energy use has become increasingly easier, thanks to a new generation of technology.
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    6. IBM Hopes To Trigger UK Nuclear Renaissance

      IBM Hopes To Trigger UK Nuclear Renaissance
      IBM says smart information systems could help improve the image of nuclear energy, but green groups claim such efforts are a dangerous distraction from renewables Smarter information management systems will be a crucial part of efforts to push the development of cheaper and safer nuclear power in the UK, according to IBM. The tech company released details of a survey this week which it claims reveals a more positive attitude to nuclear power in the UK, with consumers more amenable to the technology as a low-carbon alternative to existing fossil-fuel energy sources.
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    7. U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)

      U.K. Lawmakers Call for Intervention in Carbon Market (Update1)
      Europe needs stricter limits on greenhouse gases and the power to intervene in carbon markets as its cap-and-trade program fails to encourage investments in cleaner energy, U.K. lawmakers said today in a report. “It is imperative that there are mechanisms for reducing the EU cap,” the committee said. While the U.K. alone couldn’t change EU caps, the 16-member panel representing the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties said “the U.K. should be prepared to act “unilaterally” to curb its supply of permits and “demonstrate a continuing leadership role on tackling climate change.”
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    8. Measuring the smart-grid effect

      Measuring the smart-grid effect
      Good old-fashioned guilt and frugality might go a long way toward helping the U.S. reduce its carbon footprint. Converting the U.S. electricity grid to a series of smart grids would have a significant impact on carbon emissions from utilities mainly because the shift would tend to change people's usage habits, according to a report released last week by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). Researchers at PNNL's Electricity Infrastructure Operations Center (EIOC) used real-time U.S. electric grid data, advanced software, modeling computation, and data from existing smart-grid projects to determine whether, and by how much, a series of smart grids implemented across the entire U.S. could reduce electricity use.
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    9. Government Carbon Reduction Commitment 'has loopholes'

      Morse, the IT services company, has called for the government to amend its Carbon Reduction Commitment after identifying “loopholes” that it said could undermine the commitment’s principles. The company claims that the CRC encourages offshoring by not taking into account the power businesses use outside of the UK. The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, developed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), aims to encourage organisations to reduce their power consumption. Due to begin in April, businesses with a half-hourly electricity usage of more than than 6,000 megawatt-hours will have to buy ‘allowances’ based on the level of usage. However, Morse claims that instead of adopting new and greener technologies, businesses may choose to offshore their more energy-intensive operations, such as data centres, to avoid the charges under the CRC.
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    10. Will Carbon Reduction Commitments Hurt U.K. Green Data Centers?

      Will Carbon Reduction Commitments Hurt U.K. Green Data Centers?
      IT industry experts are calling on the UK government to amend the imminent Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme, warning that it will force participants to outsource energy-intensive IT infrastructure to offshore operators, which could drive up overall emissions from the sector. The legislation comes into effect in April and will apply to about 5,000 large UK public and private sector organizations that consume more than 6,000MWh of electricity per year. As a result, many of the UK's larger data centers will be covered by the scheme and will be required to report on their energy use and attempt to improve their efficiency or face financial penalties.
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    11. Carbon Dioxide, Cap and Trade, and the Data Center

      Carbon Dioxide, Cap and Trade, and the Data Center
      Regardless of what you may think about anthropogenic global warming (climate change caused by human activity) or the recent scandal centering on the ethics and motivations of certain climate scientists, carbon dioxide is a substance that is in the political dog house. Residents of member states in the European Union have already seen the institution of a cap and trade system designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through government regulation; residents of the United States may well be in for a similar system. Although data centers generally do not, by themselves, spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, their operation does require large amounts of energy. Much of this energy is generated through fossil fuels, resulting in carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, for instance. Thus, data centers (although perhaps not mentioned specifically in discussions of this topic) are a target of emissions legislation.
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    12. Morse Identifies Loopholes in CRC Regulations

      Morse Identifies Loopholes in CRC Regulations
      The government's CRC laws are flawed, as companies can simply offshore their data centres and it doesn't take into account power from renewable sources, warns Morse's Brian Murray IT services provider Morse has identified what it believes are a number of serious flaws with the British government's looming CRC (carbon reduction commitment) regulations. The UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment is now called the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme and is due to begin in April 2010. However Morse feels it has the potential to pose a “serious threat to UK businesses and could even have little, no or possibly negative effect on global emissions.”
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    13. UK total emissions fall by 1.9%

      UK total emissions fall by 1.9%
      Total UK emissions fell in 2008 according to figures published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Announced today (2 February) UK emissions in 2008 of the six greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol were estimated at 628.3m tonnes of carbon dioxide. This was 1.9% lower than the 2007 figure of 640.5m tonnes, with the fall largely down to cuts of 7.3% (1.3 MtCO2e) from industrial processes. However, the residential sector saw an increase in emissions of 3.1% equal to 2.5 MtCO2e.
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    14. Is clean tech China's moon shot?

      Is clean tech China's moon shot?
      The global race to develop clean technology is not just about who can build the best solar parks or wind farms. It is also shaping up as a contest between Chinese-style capitalism and the more market-oriented approach fancied by the United States and Europe. The question comes down to this: will China's highly capitalized command-and-control economy trump laissez-faire in a low-carbon shift that is widely portrayed as the next industrial revolution? The failure in Copenhagen to agree to replace the Kyoto Protocol with a new global climate treaty when it expires in 2012 has thrown the focus on national measures. And by almost all accounts, the Chinese are coming on strong.
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    15. Q&A: Verne Global on Iceland Data Center

      Q&A:  Verne Global on Iceland Data Center
      With its low-cost and environmentally-friendly power resources, Iceland has been seeing growing demand for data center activity in recent years. Earlier this month, wholesale data center developer Verne Global (www.verneglobal.com) announced it is converting a former NATO command center into the first international data center in the country. KEF001 will be the first of four building phases, with the first phase of construction financed by equity investment from London-based charitable organization Wellcome Trust (www.wellcome.ac.uk).
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    16. Barclays: helping London lead in carbon finance

      Barclays: helping London lead in carbon finance
      London is the global centre of carbon trading, being the location of over 75% of all carbon market trading desks and housing 80% of all carbon market brokering firms. The strength of its financial sector and venture capital activity has made London home to over 75-AIM listed clean technology companies, while in 2008 in excess of £19bn was invested in global renewable projects and companies by London-based banks. Based in the heart of the City, the European Climate Exchange was launched in April 2005 and quickly became the mostliquid carbon market place in Europe with more than 90 global businesses signing up to trade emissions products, serving several thousand clients around the world. In 2008 annual volumes increased 170% to 2.8 billion tonnes, a figure that was already surpassed in the first four months of 2009.
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    17. India May Start Trading of Renewable-Energy Credits in May

      India May Start Trading of Renewable-Energy Credits in May
      India may let power companies start trading renewable-energy credits in May in a push to create a multibillion-dollar market to encourage reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions. India is pressing ahead with its own efforts to fight climate change after last month’s Copenhagen talks failed to reach a new global climate treaty. The move puts the world’s fourth-largest emitter ahead of China and other developing nations in creating a domestic emissions-trading market to boost investment in solar, wind and other clean-energy projects.
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    18. 'Make carbon reporting mandatory'

      'Make carbon reporting mandatory'
      A powerful pro-environment lobby group is calling on Business Secretary Peter Mandelson to force big business and other large organisations to bring forward the timetable for compulsory reporting of their emissions. The Aldersgate Group has published an open letter to Lord Mandelson calling for compulsory reporting as soon as possible. The incoming Carbon Reduction Commitment will make the energy use of thousands of larger organisations a matter of public record and will give indications of how much of this energy comes from renewable sources.
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    19. IBM Says Green Spending Lets Companies Save Long Term

      IBM Says Green Spending Lets Companies Save Long Term
      IBM figures that for every dollar saved in energy drawn from the wall, a company saves £4 to £6 in operational costs as a result. If anybody still questions the bottom-line dollar value to a corporation of saving energy in the data centre, they should think about this: IBM figures that for every dollar saved in energy drawn from the wall, a company saves $6 (£4) to $8 in operational costs as a result. Thus stated IBM Vice President of IT Optimization Rich Lechner during a SDForum conference titled "The State of Clean Energy: Global Challenges and Opportunities," hosted by AMD at its Sunnyvale campus. "We've found that our [data centre] customers save an average of about 40 percent on their power and cooling costs after they work with us [on upgrades]," Lechner said. "We're talking about savings we have noted from more than 3,000 customers around ...
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    20. SAP plays up sustainability angle

      SAP plays up sustainability angle
      Organizations seeking ways to conserve energy and profit from being green may find the true gains won’t come from "greening" their data centers, but rather by maximizing the efficiency of their supply chains, said Peter Graf, the chief sustainability officer for SAP. “I find [green IT] a little bit exaggerated. Green IT is usually positioned as reducing the energy consumption of the data center,” Graf said, speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual convention, being held this week in New York. Only an average of 2 percent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions are created from computers, he noted. "I'm not dismissing it, but the real opportunity is in logistics, production, in distribution and production."
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    21. CBI comment on Environmental Audit Committee report on carbon budgets

      CBI comment on Environmental Audit Committee report on carbon budgets
      The CBI today (Monday) commented on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on carbon budgets, which proposes a 42% cut in carbon emissions by 2020. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Director of Business Environment, said: “Businesses are excited by the opportunities the shift to a low-carbon economy could open up, and we were disappointed that world leaders did not agree a binding global deal on emissions cuts at Copenhagen. “This makes it all the more urgent for the UK to press ahead with its own plans to curb emissions, including a big push on energy efficiency and serious investment in a broad mix of low-carbon power generation.
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    22. Industry group to apply green touch to telecom

      Industry group to apply green touch to telecom
      A new industry group is hoping that the same amount of energy now used to power the Internet and other global networks for one day will eventually power them for three years. Unveiled by its organizer Bell Labs on Monday, the global consortium, dubbed Green Touch, has set a challenging agenda for itself--to plan and demonstrate the necessary technologies to make today's networks 1,000 times more energy efficient than they are today. The group's deadline is 2015, giving it just five years in which to determine and show how to dramatically slash the carbon emissions from all global networks. The group says its agenda is fueled by two issues: 1) the world's networks are eating up more energy at a faster pace as we increasingly demand more from them; and 2) research has shown that today's networks use more energy than they need to. If ...
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