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    1. Harnessing the Power of IT to Drive Sustainability

      Harnessing the Power of IT to Drive Sustainability
      For the next 10 days, world leaders are meeting in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 (also known as COP15). There is wide hope that by the end of the conference, world leaders can significantly advance a joint global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize changes to our climate. Today, a growing number of governments and scientists have endorsed a goal of limiting global average temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. According to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in 2007, meeting this goal will require a 50 to 85 percent global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To achieve these goals, we must act now. While we have the technologies to address the challenges today, the world needs the right set of policies in place to stimulate public and private markets ...
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    2. Smart Meters Allow Companies To Monitor Home-Worker Carbon

      Smart Meters Allow Companies To Monitor Home-Worker Carbon
      A new service could help businesses more easily include remote staff in carbon calculations Teleworking has been promoted as a way to help companies cut energy use and carbon emissions by cutting staff travel, but there have been problems including the C02 consumption of home-workers in the total used by the business as a whole. But home energy management specialist AlertMe and energy meter company AMEE have now developed a new service which they believe will allow companies to include the carbon generated by home-workers in any environmental emission totals. Launched this week, the Carbon Tracker service allows home-workers to use the AlertMe system to track their energy usage. That information is then relayed to AMEE's infrastructure to convert the energy used into an equivalent amount of carbon.
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    3. "climate gate" won't halt the carbon economy- by Peter Judge

      "climate gate" won't halt the carbon economy- by Peter Judge
      IT people will have two questions over the leak of emails from a leading climate change research institute last week. What does it imply about email security, and does it really blow apart the consensus around global warming - and if so, can we stop worrying about building green data centers? The security question won't be answered for a while. The University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Institute (CRU) is a leading source of climate data, and a major contributor to the science behind the political move to prevent global warming. There's likely to be an inquiry into the way the emails were leaked, but the University is wary it could turn into a media circus.
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    4. Cap and Fade

      Cap and Fade
      AT the international climate talks in Copenhagen, President Obama is expected to announce that the United States wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to about 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent by 2050. But at the heart of his plan is cap and trade, a market-based approach that has been widely praised but does little to slow global warming or reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. It merely allows polluters and Wall Street traders to fleece the public out of billions of dollars. Supporters of cap and trade point to the 1990 Clean Air Act amendments that capped sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions from coal-burning power plants — the main pollutants in acid rain — at levels below what they were in 1980.
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    5. Fujitsu Expands Green IT Initiative Globally; 'Green Policy Innovation ...

      Fujitsu Expands Green IT Initiative Globally; 'Green Policy Innovation ...
      Worldwide implementation of Green Policy Innovation project aims to reduce Fujitsu today announced that it is expanding its green IT initiative, Green Policy Innovation, globally, with the aim of achieving a cumulative reduction in worldwide CO2 emissions of more than 15 million tons over the four-year period from fiscal 2009 through fiscal 2012. The global expansion of Green Policy Innovation will assist customers and society as a whole in reducing their environmental footprint, and mark a significant step in the realization of the Fujitsu Group's medium-term environmental vision, Green Policy 2020, to support the creation of a prosperous, low-carbon society.
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    6. CBI calls for global carbon market ahead of Copenhagen talks

      CBI calls for global carbon market ahead of Copenhagen talks
      The CBI says emissions trading schemes should be adopted by other countries to help cut global carbon emissions and tackle climate change. As the United Nations’ Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen meets today (Monday 7th December), the UK’s leading business group argues a scheme, which caps emissions and allows firms to buy permits for carbon, such as the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, should form the basis for a global carbon market. John Cridland, CBI Deputy Director-General of the CBI, said: “UK firms have a strong interest in a successful outcome at Copenhagen. After all, it will be business that delivers the new infrastructure and develops the products and services needed for the shift to a low-carbon economy. "The last thing we want is a disorderly transition with countries making their own arrangements and moving at different paces. “First, we want all nations to deliver a strong commitment to reducing ...
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    7. IDC Index, Study to Offer G20 Environmental ICT Rankings, Recommendations- by Paula Bernier

      IDC Index, Study to Offer G20 Environmental ICT Rankings, Recommendations- by Paula Bernier
      A new index to be released the week after next by research and consulting firm IDC scores various G20 countries’ abilities to harness IT and communications technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, and explains why each ranks as it does. The goal of the ICT Sustainability Index, according to IDC, is both to create new understanding around these issues in general as well as to help these countries prioritize and include such communications-related investments as part of their environmental strategies going forward.
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    8. AT&T Joins U.S. Effort to Reduce Energy Usage Intensity

      AT&T Joins U.S. Effort to Reduce Energy Usage Intensity
      T&T* yesterday joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Save Energy Now LEADER initiative, which asks that companies pledge to reduce their energy intensity by 25 percent or more during the next 10 years. Save Energy Now LEADER is an ambitious national public-private initiative to drive significant energy intensity and carbon emission reductions across the U.S. industrial sector. AT&T is among more than 30 companies making this initial pledge to reduce energy intensity. Related Quotes Symbol Price Change T 27.52 +0.17 This commitment follows the recent appointment of AT&T's first director of energy, John Schinter. Yesterday, Schinter joined Assistant Secretary of Energy Cathy Zoi as well as other participating companies at a pledge-signing ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center in Washington, DC.
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    9. London emissions are double what was thought

      London emissions are double what was thought
      The Capital Consumption report from the London Sustainable Development Commission and Bioregional takes into account the 'hidden emissions' of food and consumer goods produced elsewhere. The report, released today (December 4) traditional measure of the city's footprint is 44m tonnes of CO2 a year has been based on direct emissions from energy use and transport. However, the report shows with the inclusion of the emissions of goods imported into London the footprint is approximately 90m tonnes of CO2 a year.
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    10. AT&T Creates New Post to Marshal Efficiency Efforts Companywide

      AT&T Creates New Post to Marshal Efficiency Efforts Companywide
      AT&T has established a corporate post for a director of energy to take the reins of the firm's energy management drive -- and named its first appointee to the job. The company announced Tuesday that John Schinter, a former president of Global Energy and Sustainability for commercial real estate services giant Jones Lang & LaSalle, has become the AT&T inaugural energy chief. Schinter joins the AT&T Corporate Real Estate Property Management team with responsibilities that include overseeing efficiency and conservation efforts across all energy-consuming business units and directing the company's energy purchasing strategies. He also is expected to spur the firm's management of fixed-energy consumption throughout the company, particularly involving its data centers, central office equipment and facilities.
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    11. Senate Panel Opens Door to Carbon Tax, Sector-Specific GHG Limits

      Senate Panel Opens Door to Carbon Tax, Sector-Specific GHG Limits
      The Senate climate debate detoured from cap-and-trade legislation today as the Energy and Natural Resources Committee weighed alternatives like a carbon tax or even sector-specific limits on power plants. More News From Greenwire Poisoned Water Haunts Bhopal 25 Years After Deadly Accident -- Report Foreign Suitors Lining Up for U.S. High-Speed Rail Payday Forest Service 'Dramatically Reshaping' Plans in Response to Climate Change Appeals Court Rules Contractors Not Liable for Katrina Flooding DuPont's 'Unique' Seaweed Venture Nets DOE Cash A blog about energy, the environment and the bottom line. Go to Blog » "We need to dispense with the blind loyalty to cap and trade, or at least begin to question if it is warranted," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). "We should objectively review the strengths and weaknesses of our policy options and develop a measure that protects both our energy and the environment." Murkowski, the committee's ranking member ...
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    12. Setting A Higher Bar For Climate Change

      Setting A Higher Bar For Climate Change
      Next week, world leaders will meet at the UN-led climate conference in Copenhagen, where their goal is to agree on global greenhouse gas reduction targets. The responsibility to mitigate climate change, however, does not fall solely to the Copenhagen delegation. Solving the global climate crisis starts with us--the world's businesses and organizations. The scientific community has reported that by 2050, global emissions must be reduced by 50 to 85% from 2000 levels to bring greenhouse gas emissions to acceptable levels. While these conclusions are not the last word, they do contribute to the framework our leaders in Copenhagen will consider for building a broad policy consensus. These are aggressive targets that require action from us all.
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    13. Google hosts energy experts amid climate talks

      Google hosts energy experts amid climate talks
      Ahead of a key international summit on climate change, Google hosted a panel discussion at its offices here Monday on the need for the U.S. to play a key role in the development of the next generation of energy. Energy experts from Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley, and MIT joined Google's Dan Reicher, director of climate and energy initiatives and energy venture capitalist Tim Woodward of Nth Power in a wide-ranging discussion on a very timely topic: how to transition the world toward a more sustainable form of energy consumption and production. They were later joined via video conference by Kristina Johnson, undersecretary of energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. The panelists sought not only to emphasize that such a move is essential, but one that presents enormous economic opportunity for countries that get ahead of the technology and innovation curve. "If we ...
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    14. Non-hydro Accounts for Just 30% of U.S. Renewable Energy

      Non-hydro Accounts for Just 30% of U.S. Renewable Energy
      While the use of solar, wind and other renewable energy continues to grow, hydroelectric energy continues to account for the lion’s share of U.S. renewable energy, at 70 percent. Biomass accounts for nearly 15 percent of U.S. renewable energy, while wind accounts for 10 percent and large-scale solar less than 1 percent, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The U.S. lags other nations such as Germany and Spain in adding solar. For instance, Germany is expected to add a record 2.5-3 gigawatts of solar capacity this year, and it already had a third of the world capacity for solar.
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    15. University To Release All Climate Research Data

      University To Release All Climate Research Data
      The University of East Anglia has promised to release all its raw climate change data to the public, and launch an inquiry into how private emails from climate scientists were leaked to anti-climate change blogs. The university promised to publish all the data used by its Climatic Research Unit once it is freed from "non-publication agreements" - but reiterated its view that the so-called "ClimateGate" sparked by the email leak, is a manufactured controversy. “It is well known within the scientific community and particularly those who are sceptical of climate change that over 95 percent of the raw station data has been accessible through the Global Historical Climatology Network for several years," said the the University’s pro-vice-chancellor of research, Trevor Davies in a statement. "We are quite clearly not hiding information which seems to be the speculation on some blogs and by some media commentators”.
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    16. UK’s Top Brands Fail to Disclose Emissions Data

      UK’s Top Brands Fail to Disclose Emissions Data
      Google, Burger King, Dyson, Facebook, McKinsey, Amazon and Iceland are some of the 250 top brands that failed to disclose carbon-emissions performance data, according to the first annual survey of carbon performance of 600 of the UK’s biggest brands, reports Marketing Magazine. Data for the Brand Emissions study is based on the Carbon Disclosure Project. Brand Emission leaders include T-Mobile, BMW, British Airways, Abbey, and Dell. These companies reduced their carbon emissions and reported carbon emissions in compliance with international standards, reports Marketing Magazine.
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    17. A Competitive Boost For Solar Energy

      A Competitive Boost For Solar Energy
      With expanded production bringing down panel prices, a green energy outfitter claims price parity with grid power is near. The dream of every green energy acolyte is that there will come a time when it is no stranger for homes to have solar panels than to have air conditioning units. John Berger, chief executive of Standard Renewable Energy, thinks that in the next decade the U.S. could get well down the road to making that a reality. Houston-based Standard Renewable got 75% of its $35 million in revenue this year from installing solar systems.
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    18. Two Thirds Of Enterprises Not Ready For Carbon Accounting

      Two Thirds Of Enterprises Not Ready For Carbon Accounting
      With the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) looming, organisations need to get with the programme, or they will be hit with stiff penalties The date for the implementation of the UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) legislation is fast approaching, requiring organisations to purchase allowances for every tonne of CO2 they emit, but the latest research suggests that two thirds of participating organisations are still unprepared. In a survey of 400 British businesses qualifying for the CRC, conducted by SAP, the majority of respondents were found to be unprepared, despite the legislation being less than 130 days away. While 77 percent of enterprises perceive the CRC to be an opportunity to improve their carbon footprint, less than half have employed the necessary IT systems to enable this improvement.
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    19. Will Government Have to Step In to Make IT Green?

      Will Government Have to Step In to Make IT Green?
      Sometimes it feels like I'm sitting in a bubble here, one where leading companies are taking audacious steps -- and earning big rewards -- in making their IT departments more energy efficient, and applying those technologies to the rest of their operations to boot. While that is certainly true of leading and forward-thinking companies, as with all the green business practices we cover here and on GreenBiz.com, they're common but far from mainstream. And therein lies the challenge: How do you get traditional, run-of-the-mill, and/or mom and pop shops to adopt green practices?
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    20. Reportlinker Adds Green Telecom Networks

      Reportlinker Adds Green Telecom Networks
      Energy consumption is one of the leading drivers of operating expenses for both fixed and mobile network operators. Reliable access to electricity is limited in many developing countries that are currently the high-growth markets for telecommunications. At the same time, many operators have adopted corporate social responsibility initiatives with a goal of reducing their networks' carbon footprints, and network infrastructure vendors are striving to gain competitive advantage by reducing the power requirements of their equipment. All of these factors will continue to converge over the next several years, creating significant market potential for greener telecom networks. These market drivers are manifesting themselves in several ways within the global telecom industry. The large equipment vendors are creating highly-efficient network elements that consume far less power than in previous hardware generations.
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    21. Sun Catalytix secures money for low-cost solar fuel

      Sun Catalytix secures money for low-cost solar fuel
      Sun Catalytix, a company that's trying to develop a revolutionary clean-energy system, has finished a round of seed funding and secured a technology license from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company was formed about one year ago to commercialize research from MIT professor Daniel Nocera in which he attempts to mimic the process of photosynthesis. Polaris Ventures finalized a $3 million seed round of funding for Sun Catalytix and expects to raise a series A round next year, said Polaris' Bob Metcalfe, who is also on the board. Sun Catalytix is pursuing a breakthrough system that would use cheap solar panels to produce hydrogen, which would be stored and then used to produce electricity in a fuel cell. (Credit: MIT) The core of the company's technology, which Nocera has sought to patent, is a low-cost catalyst for an electrolyzer, a device that splits water ...
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    22. News Corp. Taps Hara for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management

      News Corp. Taps Hara for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Management
      News Corp. – owner of Fox News, the Wall Street Journal and numerous other media properties – is adding software to help manage its environmental impact and energy use. News Corp. is using software from Hara Environmental and Energy Management to begin collecting energy and emissions information from its hundred-plus facilities worldwide, according to a press [...]
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    23. U.s., China Partner on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency

      U.s., China Partner on Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
      President Barack Obama and China’s President Hu Jintao have agreed to a wide ranging package of programs and initiatives (seven in total) to strengthen the two countries’ cooperation on renewable energy and energy efficiency. One key program establishes a U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, supported by $150 million in public and private funds over the [...]
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    24. Dummies for Green IT --By Doug Mohney

      Dummies for Green IT --By Doug Mohney
      Yes Virginia, there is a "Dummies" book for Green IT Green IT for Dummies doesn't break any rules out of "For Dummies" tried and tested formula, other than a couple of splashes of green on the on the front of back of the loud yellow color. On the other hand, it does provide a lot of clue if you are starting from ground zero in building a plan to going green in your data center. Resist the urge to skip the first chapter – "Win-Win-Winning with Green IT" – it may be a bit too rah-ray for some, but there are a number of interesting pointers to more information and factoids that will provide useful. For example, some college grads will accept $13,000 less in lower starting salary to work for/on Green IT initiatives; you have to love being able to save the planet while saving money on a ...
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