1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. '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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. The next decade: Renewable Energy

      The next decade: Renewable Energy
      The clock has just struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, 2020, and your rooftop cocktail party is in full swing. An urban garden, with potted evergreens and fruit trees, carpets the top of your downtown apartment building. The structure itself is vintage – a 1960’s brownstone that’s been retrofitted, by city-wide mandate. It operates on the new multi-source national electrical grid, which is supplied by wind, solar, geothermal power, as well as fossil fuels whose emissions are trapped underground. Rooftop Garden (Photo: Adpower99/Dreamstime.) In your apartment, appliances and plumbing fixtures are energy- and water-efficient – something you were able to afford with the help of government incentives that started in 2010.
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    17. From Cap and Trade to Carbon Farming

      From Cap and Trade to Carbon Farming
      The EPA’s decision to regulate carbon emissions, made on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit, immediately incurred the wrath of industry. Businesses are petrified, as Iain Murray writes in The National Review online, that the agency will regulate “everything larger than a Gore-sized mansion.” What are we to make of this fear? There’s really no need to panic over the prospect of EPA dominance. Instead, industry should take the hint that’s it high time to push hard for climate-change legislation. Sure, the move by the EPA to exercise regulatory authority over carbon — a power granted to it by a 2007 Supreme Court ruling — was designed to give President Obama moral leverage in Denmark. But it also serves as a presidential prod to Congress to pass a climate-change law. No matter how you feel about global warming, greenhouse-gas emissions are not going to go unregulated. I suspect ...
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    18. How to fight global warming: Smart taxes

      How to fight global warming: Smart taxes
      With Copenhagen climate talks looking stalled and the Senate mired in complicated eco-wrangling, is there a simpler way to get the U.S. to reduce the carbon emissions that most scientists blame for global warming? Some say yes, a refundable carbon tax. The current cap and trade plan in congress to cut greenhouse gases involves a complex web of allotments and giveaways that some fear are too compromised to work. A carbon tax could cut greenhouse gases without having to make major concessions to any one interest group, supporters say. The tax works like this: A fee is levied at the refinery, coal mine, or natural gas well for each ton of carbon produced when the fuel is burned. That fee is passed on to the consumer, thus discouraging the use of the costliest, and most carbon-intensive fuels.
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    19. DOE Adds Comprehensive Energy Web Site, Building Energy Use Lab

      DOE Adds Comprehensive Energy Web Site, Building Energy Use Lab
      As the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory dissects the possibilities of building energy efficiency, a government Web site is making energy data and resources more available to the public. Both efforts come as a result of funding from the Department of Energy. The Berkeley Lab is getting $15.9 million in stimulus funding to build a “national user facility” that will attract researchers from around the U.S. and the world to study best practices for improving building energy efficiency, reports the San Francisco Business Times. The lab will focus on creating net-zero energy buildings that create as much energy as they consume. The lab will test new air conditioning systems, lighting, on-site power generation, plus new kinds of roofs and skylights. Additionally, the lab will investigate new methods of constructing windows, walls and floors.
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    20. Putting the 3R’s Into Action With ‘Reduce’

      Putting the 3R’s Into Action With ‘Reduce’
      Corporate sustainability professionals focus on the triple bottom line also known as the three P’s – People, Planet, Profit. In the data center world, where we prefer action, the Three R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – emote a much stronger call to action. Being goal- and metric-driven individuals, we can visualize the 3R’s in action and anticipate the results. In coming months, I’ll offer my perspectives on how IT professionals can put the 3 R’s into action to protect the environment and reduce costs. Today we will start with ways to reduce energy consumption, taking a somewhat different business perspective: that of the enterprise network outside the traditional data center.
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    21. When Copenhagen Ends lets get back to the basics - by Peter Judge

      When Copenhagen Ends lets get back to the basics - by Peter Judge
      At the mid-point of the Copenhagen climate change summit, there's a lot of excitement in the air, and big plans afoot. But afterwards, let's not forget that most of what we need to do is pretty basic stuff. Right now, people are still stoking the controversy supposedly raised by emails hacked from scientists at the Climatic Research Institute, but when it's eccentric creationist Sarah Palin calling for a Copenhagen boycott on "scientific" grounds, it looks like the skeptics have hit the bottom of the barrel. The IT world is excited about IDC's calculation that there is plenty that information technology can do to reduce the world's dependence on fossil fuels, and its production of greenhouse gases. In the runup to Copenhagen, the analyst said around 5.8 billion tonnes of CO2 (20 percent of the total in 2004) can be cut using ICT instead of ...
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