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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Mentions: Amazon.com Iceland
    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. Iceland: New Hot Spot for Data Centers?

      Iceland: New Hot Spot for Data Centers?
      With data center costs on the rise, Jeff Monroe is always looking for a deal. The CEO of Verne Global, a wholesale data-center hosting company, has searched the world for places that offer cheap power, easy cooling and reliable communications. While energy costs in the United States are uncertain, Iceland, with its seemingly-unlimited renewable energy, cool temperatures and three (soon to be four) transoceanic cables fits the bill perfectly, he says. "We are finding those points on the Earth that are optimized for server operation—Iceland hits on all those points," says Monroe.
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    14. The Sun Devil is in the details by Paula Bernier

      The Sun Devil is in the details by Paula Bernier
      The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is wrapping up its last day today in Phoenix, Ariz., not far from my home office in Scottsdale. The event featured such environmental lights as former Vice President Al Gore and singer/activist Sheryl Crow as well as speakers from the Discovery Channel, the Green Building Council, the National Geographic Society and leading companies including John Deere and Starbucks. The event covered everything from climate change, public transportation, sustainable food strategies, LEED certification and regulatory/political aspects of the green revolution to best environmental practices around water purification, building ventilation and lighting, demolition and more.
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    15. UK Staff Oblivious To Company Green Strategy

      UK Staff Oblivious To Company Green Strategy
      Corporate carbon emissions are causing a great deal of confusion, with UK staff kidding themselves about the green credentials of their employers Most British staff believe their company is committed to the green agenda, but they are “in denial” over how green their companies are in reality. So claims UK business ISP Lumison, citing its own research, which found the majority (67 percent) of UK workers believe their company prioritises green issues - yet less than a third of companies carry out a formal carbon audit. In addition, 43 percent of people didn’t even know whether their company had made any formal commitment or audit.
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    16. Datacenter operators dangle green benefits to lure tenants

      Datacenter operators dangle green benefits to lure tenants
      Hardware vendors aren't the only organizations out there touting their green credentials to lure customers. Companies specializing in building and operating datacenters, both for individual and multiple tenants, are increasingly trumpeting the energy efficiency and eco-friendliness of their facilities. These traits not only appeal to the "save the planet" sensibilities of more environmentally conscious decision makers but to cost-conscious decision makers as well. Among the datacenter operators celebrating green achievements is Fortune Data Centers, which recently earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification for an eight-megawatt facility in San Jose. By building and developing the facility with energy efficiency in mind, Fortune Data Centers asserts it will enjoy long-term cost savings that will be passed on to its tenants.
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    17. DOE technologist handicaps impact of carbon price

      DOE technologist handicaps impact of carbon price
      BOSTON--If you attached a cost to putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, how would the energy business change? Steven Koonin, the undersecretary for science at the Department of Energy and former chief scientist of BP, has thought this question over. Koonin was the keynote speaker Thursday at the Fifth Annual Conference on Clean Energy here, where he offered a big-picture analysis of how the U.S. should convert to low-carbon energies. Steven Koonin, undersecretary for science in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The main drivers toward cleaner energy are efforts to improve the country's energy security and to cut greenhouse gas emissions. But there are many paths to that destination and we won't get there by only putting a price on carbon, Koonin said.
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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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