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    1. Green Experts Pour Cold Water On Sweating IT Assets

      Green Experts Pour Cold Water On Sweating IT Assets
      IT vendors are very keen on discussing environmental and low-carbon approaches to IT in terms of energy efficiency. The idea that new technology will be more efficient and "greener" than older kit fits nicely with the perpetual upgrade mantra that has been the mainstay of the computing industry since its inception. Out with the old and inefficient and in with the new and shiny. But alongside the focus on energy efficiency, some experts, including representatives from UK government, have begun to look to the IT industry to expand its sustainable horizons to include the entire life-cycle of technology. For example one study from the University of Tokyo estimates that of the total carbon debt of a PC through its life-cycle, 75 percent is incurred during the manufacturing phase. Most of the carbon damage is done when
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    2. Green Grid and BCS Warn About "Risky" UK Carbon Rules

      Green Grid and BCS Warn About "Risky" UK Carbon Rules
      The Green Grid and BCS are teaming up to help companies adhere to new carbon regulations and to develop a data centre simulator tool The UK's Carbon Reduction Commitment represents a large risk to the UK IT industry, and not enough companies are preparing for it, according to the Green Grid and the BCS. Speaking to eWeek Europe UK this week as part of a wider partnership between the two groups, John Tuccillo - chairman of the board for international data centre energy specialist The Green Grid - and Zhal Limbuwala - chair of the BCS data centre specialist group - warned that although the UK may be progressing faster than the US with environmental legislation, it isn't necessarily doing it in the right way.
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    3. Copenhagen Summit Slammed For Ignoring IT

      Copenhagen Summit Slammed For Ignoring IT
      ICT is the best way to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, say IT champions - who want it included in the UN's forthcoming COP15 summit The UN Climate Conference in December is in danger of ignoring the potential of ICT to reduce our production of greenhouse gases, according to the ITU and ICT spokespeople. Heads of state and officials will meet in Copenhagen on 7 to 18 December for COP15, the latest in a series of meetings that began in Kyoto in 1992, to define targets for greenhouse gas emissions. UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown will be going, following campaigns including a flashmob outside Parliament.
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    4. Trillions of dollars needed to cut climate change

      Trillions of dollars needed to cut climate change
      World leaders will need to invest more than $10 trillion to halt climate change by 2030, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). The World Energy Outlook 2009, the annual flagship publication from the IEA, was presented by Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the agency in London this week. Mr Tanaka believes this huge investment will be more than offset through savings in transport, buildings and health care. While pointing out energy use has fallen in the past 12 months, as a result of the economic downturn, Mr Tanaka fears it will 'soon resume its upward trend if government policies don't change'.
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    5. Arra, Modernization Drive Greater Energy Efficiency

      Arra, Modernization Drive Greater Energy Efficiency
      A heightened awareness of IT power consumption costs, the increasing use of high performance, high-density computing technologies and the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are propelling government IT organizations toward greater energy conservation. And it’s a good thing too, as one market research firm has estimated the U.S. government wastes $1 billion annually on poor desktop power management practices. According to research conducted by Steve Brasen, a principal analyst for Enterprise Management Associates, Inc., in Boulder, Colo., IT practices performed by government agencies (local, state and federal) have notoriously been the most wasteful of any industry demographic group. In the EMA research report entitled, The True Value of Green IT, the average weekly power consumption of desktop workstations used by government organizations is 46.31 kilowatt hours (KwH). “This was determined by calculating desktop utilization practices, including how often systems are left operational and how ...
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    6. Energy costs to soar if no carbon deal, agency says

      Energy costs to soar if no carbon deal, agency says
      The world faces a surge in energy costs, as well as in planet-warming carbon emissions, unless it can swiftly agree a climate change deal, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. Arguing strongly for a global deal at the U.N. Climate Change summit in Copenhagen in December, the IEA said use of fossil fuels will increase quickly if policies remained unchanged. Without an international agreement on climate change, the ratio of energy spending to gross domestic product for the largest consumer countries would double by 2030. The world would have to spend an extra $500 billion to cut carbon emissions for each year it delayed implementing a deal on global warming, the IEA said in its annual World Energy Outlook. "As the leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions, energy is at the heart of the problem and so must be integral to the solution. The time to act has arrived," it ...
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    7. Networked 'smart plug' gets energy info flowing

      Networked 'smart plug' gets energy info flowing
      What if you could better control home appliance energy use by making your wall socket more clever? That's the idea behind TalkingPlug from Toronto-based Zerofootprint, a company that makes software for measuring and monitoring corporate carbon emissions. TalkingPlug is a plug that fits on top of existing electrical outlets. But it's equipped with componentry to make it a controllable node on a network, including an RFID chip, microprocessor, and wireless networking. The company plans to introduce the product next week.
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    8. Enterprise Sustainability and Greening Data Centers

      Enterprise Sustainability and Greening Data Centers
      Some years ago, energy was cheap. Few people in corporations paid attention to how much energy was consumed company wide, much less in data centers. More recently, however, several factors have changed this scene completely. These factors included much higher demands for computing and storage due to the rapid increase in online processing in both business and consumer sectors and, consequently, denser server concentration to maximize the use of space in data centers. According to a 2007 EPA report, power consumption by U.S. data centers doubled between 2001 and 2006. In 2006, data centers used 1.5 percent of all the power consumed in the United Sates. Without any remedy, consumption will double again by 2011. As a testimony to this study, many operators have recently begun feeling pain at several points in their data centers, which are experiencing power shortages, high costs, and extensive needs for cooling.
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    9. Seeing Green by Paula Bernier

      Seeing Green by Paula Bernier
      Hello. This is my first blog on this site, so I’d like to start with a quick introduction. As you can see, my name is Paula Bernier and I’m an 18-year reporting veteran of the communications space. I’m exciting to have been invited to blog for Green Data Center News given all the interest and important developments related to improving energy efficiency and lessening environmental impacts at the data center as well as the broader pushes on these fronts across the network, the nation and many parts of the world.
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    10. Business still 'unprepared' for CRC

      Business still 'unprepared' for CRC
      New research has revealed the majority of organisations affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) will struggle with the burden created by the scheme. A CRC simulation, run by regional development agency One North East, of what would happen when the legislation is implemented revealed companies would be exposed to a number of issues with the potential of fines. The simulation, focused on the north east of England over a 12 month period, revealed organisations would struggle with 'reporting and verifying' energy use.
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    11. UK: Environment Agency to outline emission cuts

      UK:  Environment Agency to outline emission cuts
      The Environment Agency will today (November 9) give details of greenhouse gas emission reduction it believes will cut climate change over the next two decades. The chairman of the agency, Lord Smith, is due to speak at the agency's annual conference later today where he will call for 'more scientists and more engineers' to build the technology for a low carbon economy. He will also, at the environment '09: creating the climate for change at the QEII Conference Centre in London, call for a climate challenge fund, with match funding from business and government, to co-ordinate and prioritise research on combating climate change.
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    12. IBM Building Zero-Emission Data Centers

      IBM Building Zero-Emission Data Centers
      IBM is working to deliver technology that could lead to zero-emission data centers, said an IBM researcher at a USENIX conference here Nov. 6. At the USENIX Large Installation System Administration conference, Bruno Michel, manager of Advanced Thermal Packaging at IBM's Zurich Research Laboratory, said his team is working on new ways to reduce emissions and waste in data centers, including methods such as chip stacking and liquid cooling. Michel said, "High-performance liquid cooling allows data centers to operate with coolant temperatures above the free cooling limit in all climates, eliminating the need for chillers and allowing the thermal energy to be reused in cold climates," such as that in Zurich.
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    13. Green Shoots are Thriving in Iceland by Tate Cantrell

      Green Shoots are Thriving in Iceland by Tate Cantrell
      Many of my recent blogs have explored the benefits that Iceland offers as a data center location for low-cost electricity and cooling in the growing green movement. As the movement strengthens and carbon-reducing legislation continues materializing around globe, Iceland could be the one who in turn sees a benefit from environmentally conscious IT industry projects. Technology innovation and clean energy are now making a major impact on how and where companies conduct their business. No longer thought of as a fad, this affection for eco-friendliness is catching the attention of numerous businesses and investors worldwide in an otherwise dreary economical landscape.
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    14. Lack of global climate deal won't crush green tech

      Lack of global climate deal won't crush green tech
      People at green-technology companies will likely keep an eye on next month's global climate change negotiations in Copenhagen but they aren't betting their businesses on the outcome. Research and events company Cleantech Group on Thursday released an analysis called "Why Cop15 Doesn't Matter," referring to the 15th conference of international climate change talks scheduled to start December 7 in Copenhagen. With numerous political and economic issues complicating the picture, it would be surprising if a major breakthrough pact emerged next month. But whether there is a binding agreement won't have an immediate impact on the adoption of green technologies, according to research analyst Stephen Marcus, who was the principal author.
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    15. LA changing its glow for more efficiency

      LA changing its glow for more efficiency
      Los Angeles is literally basking in a whole new glow. The city has decided to replace its street lights and bus stop lighting with LEDs. The bus stop lighting will be solar-powered and off the grid. LA's Bureau of Street Lighting has been actively testing out different types of energy efficient lighting to replace the public lighting that currently includes a combination of incandescent, mercury vapor, metal halide, and high pressure sodium lights. In 2009, the agency began an LED street lighting energy efficiency program to actively replace its existing 209,000 streetlights. When complete, the city's energy consumption for public lighting should be cut by 40 percent and save 40,500 tons of carbon emissions per year, according to city statistics.
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    16. Green Technology -Greenstone Recognized as Leading U.K. Provider in ...

      Green Technology -Greenstone Recognized as Leading U.K. Provider in ...
      Greenstone Carbon Management, which provides carbon solutions, carbon management software, reduction advice and consultancy services, announced that it has been identified as the leading U.K. provider and a global Challenger brand in the Verdantix Green Quadrant report that details carbon management software market. The report, conducted by Verdantix, an independent business research firm focused on climate change, carbon markets and corporate responsibility, is designed to help potential customers gain greater insight into their own requirements and the offerings of the main vendors in this relatively new market.
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    17. The Carbon Counters

      The Carbon Counters
      Jan. 1, 2010, may someday be celebrated as the day the carbon economy began in earnest. An estimated 13,000 industrial polluters will begin measuring their carbon dioxide emissions and, a year later, start reporting them to the Environmental Protection Agency. But even as the EPA begins to forcibly monitor the largest smokestack emitters in a step toward the capping and trade of carbon emissions, a growing number of non-industrial companies are voluntarily exploring how they can use carbon foot-printing as a valuable tool to trim energy expense and boost profit.
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    18. Spotlight on Arra: A Stimulus Update

      Spotlight on Arra: A Stimulus Update
      The IDC Industry Insights report identified the early leaders among government technology initiatives, including: *Social Security Administration’s (SSA) National Computer Center data center modernization – $500 million. *SSA’s claims processing program – $490 million. *Department of Homeland Security data center, law enforcement communications – $340 million. *State Department’s security and network assurance technologies – $290 million. *Institute of Education Science’s high-performance computing and predictive services – $250 million. *Veterans Affairs Department data center and IT services – $50 million. *Agriculture Department’s Farm Services Agency data center and systems services – $50 million.
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    19. Green IT Can Save Money, Too

      Green IT Can Save Money, Too
      It's no surprise that for some companies green initiatives are dropping down the list of IT priorities. In a recent silicon.com survey, more than a quarter of respondents admitted green IT was off the agenda because of the recession. But many organisations have found the key is to align green goals with broader cost-cutting initiatives—which are definitely in vogue with CIOs and CFOs. In some cases government policies are already giving businesses a shove in the right direction. For example, in July 2008, the UK government informed 10,000 businesses that they could be affected by the Carbon Reduction Commitment—a climate change and energy-saving scheme that will take effect in 2010.
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    20. Data Centers Focus on Greener Power

      Data Centers Focus on Greener Power
      With carbon regulation looming on the horizon, companies with extensive data center operations are taking a harder look at the origin of their power, and its implications in a regulated environment. “The biggest part of our carbon footprint is the amount of electricity used to power the IT equipment in our data centers,” said Christina Page, the Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo. “All electrons are not created equal.” Companies like Yahoo are seeking to use less power and buy a larger percentage of their energy from renewable sources such as hydro, wind and solar power. In most cases, that means building or leasing data centers in locations where utility providers offer renewables in sourcing their electricity.
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    21. AltaTerra Research Sees Growing Interest in Carbon Reduction Strategies for ...

      AltaTerra Research Sees Growing Interest in Carbon Reduction Strategies for ...
      For IT-intensive businesses, carbon is becoming another important factor in the data center energy cost and efficiency equation. When location, carbon intensity of local power sources, and data center efficiency are combined, carbon emissions from a given server configuration can vary by a factor of ten. In the face of a changing regulatory environment, this remarkable range in carbon emissions performance is prompting new long-term thinking in data center location, sourcing, and upgrade strategies. Panelists included Christine Page, Director of Climate and Energy Strategy at Yahoo!, Andy Broer, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Critical Environments at Cisco, Mark Thiele, Director of Business Operations at VMware, and Ben Machol, Program Manager for Clean Energy and Climate Change Office at the U.S. EPA. Don Bray, co-founder and President of AltaTerra Research, organized the panel and moderated.
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    22. Uncle Sam wants green data centers - by Doug Mohney

      Uncle Sam wants green data centers - by Doug Mohney
      Federal data centers are being targeted for energy reductions as a part of a broader push for U.S. government agencies to reduce greenhouse gases, reports Federaltimes.com. But will it make a difference? An executive order signed by President Barak Obama on October 5 requires agencies to begin measuring greenhouse gas emissions and set targets for reducing them. Data centers look to be an easy target for savings since the government owns around 10 percent of the country's centers and servers based upon an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated generated on 2006 data. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is now in the process of collecting updated statistics from all agencies, including details on energy consumption, property location and capacity of centers; the last inventory by OMB was back in 1999 – a couple of lifetimes of server hardware and data growth.
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    23. Strong Cabinet Support For Emissions Bill

      Strong Cabinet Support For Emissions Bill
      Top Obama officials joined Senate environment committee leaders to rev up enthusiasm for a major climate bill but faced opposition from Republicans and some prominent Democratic senators as well. Montana Sen. Max Baucus, the second ranking Democrat on the committee as well as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was among those who quickly voiced reservations during the first day of climate legislation hearings by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Baucus said he had concerns with the overall direction of the bill and some "serious reservations" about its steep metrics for cutting carbon gas emissions. "Montana, with our resource-based, agriculture and tourism economies cannot afford the unmitigated impacts of climate change," Baucus said. "But we also cannot afford the unmitigated effects of climate change legislation." The bill, sponsored by the committee chairwoman Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., would mandate a ...
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    24. HP makes responsible use of IT easy

      HP makes responsible use of IT easy
      In just four months, HP’s “Power to Change” campaign has rallied thousands of people willing to switch off their PC monitors during idle time in support of HP’s challenge for ‘green’ PC use. Spread across different continents, each registrant has to date helped contribute to energy savings of 70,400 kilowatt hours and 42 tons of carbon emissions - which equal almost 2,815 cars being taken off the road. At the heart of HP’s “Power to Change” campaign is a downloadable application which tracks energy and carbon emission savings each time a user switches off his idle PC monitor. With the application, HP hopes to highlight how individual contributions to the environment’s betterment can make a difference in creating lasting, sweeping change. HP also hopes to bring to light practical tips individual PC users and enterprises can follow in order to observe green IT in their ...
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