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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. A Breakthrough for Hydrogen Storage?

      A Breakthrough for Hydrogen Storage?
      Israeli entrepreneur Moshe Stern admits he didn't know much about alternative energy when Russian scientist Evgeny Velikhov first approached him in 2005 about a novel technology for safely storing hydrogen gas. But four years later, the 62-year-old Stern has become an expert—and a believer. He is convinced that the Russian invention could play a major role in helping scientific institutions and industrial giants harness the commercial potential of hydrogen as a green energy source. Now, Stern's conviction has just gotten a big outside boost. The hydrogen storage technology, being developed by Stern's Swiss-based startup, C.En, has been endorsed for its safety by a top German institute—an important vote of confidence, given that hydrogen is highly explosive and that safety has long been a major stumbling block to its commercialization.
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    4. Mr. China, Mr. Carbon Credit

      Mr. China, Mr. Carbon Credit
      BEIJING -- With climate change talks underway in Denmark (see "The Carbon Question"), I conducted my own side session by email with Tim Clissold, the CEO of Peony Capital, a China-focused carbon capital fund. Clissold, the British author of the entertaining business memoir Mr. China, is working on a new chronicle of adventures and misadventures in the battle against global warming in China. What progress do you hope to see emerge from Copenhagen? Article Controls EMAIL PRINT REPRINT NEWSLETTER COMMENTS SHARE YAHOO! BUZZ Getting agreement between 192 nations must be tremendously difficult but when that requires breaking the nexus between burning fossil fuels and human economic development, the difficulty is magnified a hundred times. I think most of the world's leaders now place climate change as a top priority, which wasn't the case even two years ago, and China, India and the US have made public commitments to reduce ...
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    5. Google.org unveils deforestation monitor

      Google.org unveils deforestation monitor
      Google.org demonstrated a new platform on Thursday that, if implemented in conjunction with a proposed United Nations program, could provide a significant tool to combat climate change. Its new "high-performance satellite imagery-processing engine" can process terabytes of information on thousands of Google servers while giving access to the results online. The platform, which was demonstrated on Thursday at the International Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, would allow anyone using the tool to monitor whether or not trees were being chopped down in a given forest. It analyzes satellite images to show forest changes over a given time period.
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    6. How Digitization Drives Energy Efficiency

      How Digitization Drives Energy Efficiency
      Anthony Wanger is the President and Founder of i/o Data Centers. He directs the company’s strategic affairs, handles acquisition activities, and oversees the company’s marketing, HR and legal functions. The transition from physical, “offline” processes to digital, online processes is referred to as digitization or dematerialization. Processes that are digitized produce less carbon emissions than their analog counterparts. Data centers provide the infrastructure that enables this digitization to occur, serving as the foundation for the energy efficient enterprise.
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    7. Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen- by Paul Bernier

      Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen- by Paul Bernier
      President Obama heads to Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. While there, he’s expected to commit to lowering U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent by 2020. For all the talk about the environment, the United State currently lacks national regulations around greenhouse gases, although 29 states have adopted or are considering such legislation, and the House in June passed a bill addressing this issue, according to the ICT Green Report recently issued by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). This goal that the President is expected to put on the table in Denmark can also be found in the Waxman-Markey bill that made its way through the U.S. House of Representatives back in June. The Senate is now doing work of its own on this front. That said, Obama is clearly expecting this legislation to become reality so he can deliver on the promise.
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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. "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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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    24. 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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