1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. Wanted: IT Energy Czars

      Wanted: IT Energy Czars
      Companies need them to help reduce operating and capital expenses. Do you have an IT energy czar? If you don't, you should. This is a relatively new job function and often one without sufficient horsepower to make serious business impact. That's unfortunate for the bottom line because energy savings directly translate into reduced spending on new data centers or capacity expansions, which have dominated at least half of IT's CapEx spending over the last few years. The Uptime Institute's research indicates that fewer than 8% of IT organizations have someone specifically accountable for reducing energy consumption. Another 44% have someone assigned to manage energy use, but without goals and clout. The percentage of czars has doubled within the last two years as management has learned the full extent of IT energy consumption on outgoing capital expenditure cash flow and the enterprise's bottom line. Where to ...
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    2. House may vote on climate change bill next week

      House may vote on climate change bill next week
      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Legislation to drastically reduce carbon dioxide pollution blamed for global warming could be voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives as early as next week, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday, as the Senate focused on the plan's tax implications for companies. Hoyer, speaking to reporters, said he expects the House to wrap up action on the climate change bill, which is a high priority of the Obama administration, either next week or the week of July 6, following a holiday recess. The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill in May and Hoyer said committee chairman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, was ready to get it moving again.
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    3. What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?

      What's the carbon footprint of your handwash?
      Start-up Planet Metrics is developing software that could give consumers a better read on the embedded energy of everyday products. The San Francisco-based company on Tuesday released the beta test version of its hosted application, which it calls Rapid Carbon Modeling. It also said Method, which makes eco-friendly home-cleaning products, is a customer. There are a number of companies writing software for calculating how much energy is linked to a business' operations and managing carbon emissions. Planet Metrics' software is geared at manufacturers and makers of consumer packaged goods. Using Planet Metrics' software, a person could, for example, see how much energy consumption is associated with procuring the components that make up a cell phone. With that information, a company can then look for ways to cut energy consumption, such as reducing waste or finding another supplier. The carbon footprint picture is built by combining a company's internal data ...
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    4. DOE Muffs IT Energy Efficiency at Seven Sites: Department Audit

      DOE Muffs IT Energy Efficiency at Seven Sites: Department Audit
      WASHINGTON, D.C. -- An audit by U.S. Department Energy's Office of the Inspector General of seven facilities, including DOE headquarters, concluded that better management of IT resources could have saved at least $1.6 million in energy costs in fiscal year 2008. The recent report (PDF) also says that the department stands to lose about $23 million in the next five years for unnecessary energy, equipment and support costs for IT if improvements are not made. The recommendations include simple measures such as switching off computer monitors at the end of the day, using the power management settings on desktops and laptops, shifting to use of shared servers when possible for unclassified work and better monitoring and management of data centers. The audit was conducted between July 2008 and April 2009 at DOE headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Germantown, Maryland; the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh ...
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    5. Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?

      Where's My Carbon Credit, Dude?
      We took a righteous stab this morning at explaining the basics of how a cap-and-trade program like the one being considered in congress might be used to limit global warming and carbon emissions. Or, say, limit the use of the word dude. Internally, there was much debate here about what movie clip to use. Our producer Jacob Ganz emailed : "Dude, you can totally tax a turtle." Our editor Uri Berliner remembered the Bud Light ads (video above, other ads here and here.) And let me point out, it's not just economists debating whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade approach would be better. I just got this press release from the dudes at the National Pork Producer's Council, titled "Cap And Trade Preferable To Carbon Tax." A quote: "We are already losing money today for every pig sold, and any additional costs will simply drive us deeper and ...
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    6. Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy

      Q&A: Randy Zwirn, CEO of Siemens Energy
      How's the debate on energy and climate policy going to shape the green energy sector? Randy Zwirn Randy Zwirn heads Siemens Energy Americas, part of a 19 billion euro revenue business that accounted for 25% of the German conglomerate's revenue in 2008. Siemens Energy's fortunes are intertwined with the development of the global green energy industry, and often hinge on government policy that would support the development of renewable energy. Siemens produces wind turbines, photovoltaics and has developed a new generation of efficient large natural gas-fired turbines, in addition to its coal-fired generation and nuclear businesses. Zwirn spoke with Forbes about the importance of energy and climate policy to the future of the green energy sector, and on what the most likely sources of new electricity generation will be as global environmental concerns grow. Forbes: How important is energy and climate (carbon cap and trade) legislation, currently ...
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    7. Dept. Of Energy Neglects Own Advice On Energy-Efficient IT

      Dept. Of Energy Neglects Own Advice On Energy-Efficient IT
      The Department of Energy falls far short in following its own advice for energy-efficient information technology, a new departmental inspector general report finds. For example, the report, which follows up on a similar one issued last October, finds that although the Energy Department gives guidance to turn off PCs and monitors if they are idle, departmental processes didn't ensure that these features were enabled on the 46,345 PCs at the sites reviewed by the inspector general. This is despite a federal regulation that requires agencies to turn on power management features. More Insights White PapersNow more than ever, your field workers must be "ON"Practical Advice for Leveraging CICS in an SOAWebcastsBuilding an Agile Enterprise for Rapid ResponseCA Records Manager Introductory Corporate DemonstrationReportsThe Pain Of E-DiscoveryVirtual I/O Ups BandwidthVideos From the exhibit floor at Interop Las Vegas 2009, InformationWeek Global CIO editor Bob Evans explains the issues ...
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    8. Keysource Cuts Energy Use 45 Percent at U.K. Data Center

      Keysource Cuts Energy Use 45 Percent at U.K. Data Center
      WEYBRIDGE, UK -- With a PUE of 1.2, the new data center designed by Keysource for Petroleum Geo-Services has cut its energy costs almost in half using already-existing technologies. The PUE, a metric developed the Green Grid, measures the amount of electricity entering a data center that is used for services other than computing. A PUE of 2 means that for every watt in the room that goes to powering servers or storage, another watt goes to cooling, lighting, or other non-computing needs. Surprisingly, the new facility opened by PGS, and designed by Keysource, doesn't make use of the cool air in this city 30 miles outside London to achieve its big gains in energy use. Instead, Keysource put in a closed-loop system that uses heat exchangers, rather than using outside air with air-filters to take out the contamination. According to Mark West, Keysource's managing director, cooling is ...
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    9. Ice Energy, Data Aire Team Up for Data Center Cooling

      Ice Energy, Data Aire Team Up for Data Center Cooling
      Ice Energy, the makers of air conditioning units that make ice at night when power is cheap and then use it for cooling on hot afternoons when power is most expensive, is getting into the data center cooling market with data center air conditioning company Data Aire. The two companies announced their partnership Monday, calling it a safe and cost-effective way for data centers to tackle peak cooling power loads. That could be a selling point for data center operators that want to earn some extra money by signing on to utility demand response programs. Those programs ask customers to cut down on power use during peak load times, something data centers would likely be loath to do. Ice Energy has been aiming its air conditioning systems toward commercial clients. Energy efficient AC systems are supported by incentives from California utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co ...
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    10. Carbon software company claims broad patent

      Carbon software company claims broad patent
      Verisae, a small Minnesota-based company, has received a patent for a system to track and report greenhouse gas emissions with software, a business attracting a growing field of companies. The company on Wednesday said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Verisae for a method for calculating a corporation's emissions. The patent, filed in May of 2007, describes a business process for gathering corporate emissions data, generating reports, and managing carbon credits. Verisae is already offering hosted carbon accounting software focused primarily on retail companies, basing its tracking and reporting on the protocols established by the nonprofit Climate Registry, which sets guidelines for emissions reporting. "This is a shot across the bow to others building this stuff," said Verisae product manager Daniel Stouffer. "This is a big story for those venture capital companies which might be spending money with firms that might be building ...
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    11. HP Has First Energy Star Servers

      HP Has First Energy Star Servers
      HP has become the first company to have its servers earn the Energy Star Seal. The EPA launched the Energy Star for Enterprise Servers program on May 15 after two years of development. The program just published its first list of servers that qualified for Energy star as of June 1, which features four HP Proliant servers, including the DL360 G6 1U model and three configurations of the 2U DL360 G6. The Energy Star effort hopes to offer buyers an independent “apples to apples” method for comparing the energy efficiency of servers from major vendor. For companies with large server farms, energy efficiency improvements at the server level can add up to large gains across a data center, as noted this week by Ken Brill of The Uptime Institue in his column for Forbes. Brill noted the impact of saving 50 watts in energy consumtpion per server. “Fifty watts may ...
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    12. A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

      A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
      On May 21, following months of work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a 946-page piece of climate legislation. There have been mixed reactions from environmental and climate groups, but most groups are in agreement that it needs to be strengthened going forward. For some groups the problems they see with the bill have led to their public withdrawal of support. These groups include Greenpeace USA and Friends of the Earth. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network also does not support the bill in current form. Below is a summary analysis of the main features of the bill. -Cap and Trade System: The bill would establish a “cap-and-trade” system which sets mandatory and declining limits on greenhouse gas emissions over the next 40 years. By 2050 it projects reductions of 83% from 2005 levels for the United States. It does this ...
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    13. Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon

      Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon
      U.S. firms produce from $60 billion to $80 billion worth of carbon annually but don't pay for it. What the carbon market could mean to investors. It is light as air, yet it weighs tons. It is vital to life, but it is considered an accelerant in the world's ongoing environmental tragedy. It costs nothing to make, yet paying for it will equal tens of billions of dollars a year. What is it? It is carbon, and its potential expense could one day make us all nostalgic for the halcyon days of subprime loans. Estimated costs for carbon vary, but no matter who does the math they loom large. Anant Sundaram, professor at Dartmouth University's Tuck business school, teaches a course called "Business and Climate Change" and gives a ballpark figure for carbon's financial impact on the Standard & Poor's 500. With an average price ...
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    14. Virtualization Drives the Green IT Bus

      Virtualization Drives the Green IT Bus
      Not so long ago when green computing was considered hype. Or vaporware. Or something in between. But now, whether you attribute it to climate change, increased energy costs or looming cap and trade legislation, green computing is coming. Even those that scoff at very notion of "green" as a feel-good movement will find it unavoidable, as OEMs are taking carbon emissions and power and cooling into account with new and future product releases. It is also being positioned as a way to save money. Think about it, if you consume less power, you're paying less for power, so it's a win all around. A recent survey, commissioned by Symantec and performed by Applied Research confirms this. It found Green IT is no longer the wish list item, it was 12 months ago, Jose Iglesias, vice president of Global Solutions at Symantec told ServerWatch. Of the 1,052 worldwide ...
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    15. DOE: $256 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ...

      DOE: $256 Million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ...
      une 2, 2009 -- On June 1, 2009, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced plans to provide $256 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to support energy efficiency improvements in major industrial sectors across the American economy. The funding is targeted at reducing the energy consumption of America's manufacturing and information technology (IT) industries, while creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. These programs will help create manufacturing jobs quickly, along with jobs for technicians and experts who will be needed in the long-term to maintain and operate the new equipment. "Supporting the development of the latest industrial technologies plays an important role in helping U.S. industry to lead the world in energy efficiency and productivity," said Secretary Chu. "Working together with American manufacturing and IT industries, we will be able to create new jobs, reduce industrial energy use and limit damaging ...
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    16. Green IT a Key Component of Kpmg's 'Living Green' Strategy

      Green IT a Key Component of Kpmg's 'Living Green' Strategy
      Accounting firms are not among the most carbon-intensive companies, but the greenhouse gas emissions generated by business trips, paper use and purchased electricity can add up. KPMG, one of the “Big Four” public accounting firms, first began analyzing its U.S. carbon footprint in 2007 and developed a formal strategy to reduce it called Living Green. The program set several three-year environmental goals, including boosting alternative transportation by 5 percent and cutting its greenhouse gas emissions by a quarter. The company has embraced green IT practices as a way to help it meet these targets, CIO Dick Anderson told me when I caught up with the company to learn about its efforts. Energy-intensive data centers offer plenty of opportunities to improve efficiencies. The jewel in the crown of KPMG’s green IT efforts is a new technology center that opened at its Montvale, N.J. campus in October. The center ...
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    17. Canarie Announces $3 Million Call for Proposals to Fuel the Development of Advanced Computing and Networking ...

      Canarie Announces $3 Million Call for Proposals to Fuel the Development of Advanced Computing and Networking ...
      OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 1, 2009) - CANARIE today announced a $3 million Call for Proposals to fuel the development of advanced computing and networking technologies that reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions from the world's Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) infrastructure (including computer hardware, software and networks), and enable collaboration on promising ...
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    18. Hara: Software for a carbon-constrained economy

      Hara: Software for a carbon-constrained economy
      Start-up Hara Software is betting that businesses need to get smarter about managing natural resources and carbon emissions even before regulations force them into it. The Silicon Valley start-up on Monday is scheduled to come out of stealth mode after 18 months to announce the details of its software service which it designed for what its founder calls a "post-carbon economy era." The 25-person company received $6 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where partner Al Gore played a role in getting Hara funded. It's the second software-focused investment after PC power management company Verdiem that KPCB has funded as part of a green tech push first launched in 2006.
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    19. Allstate Opens Green Data Center

      Allstate Opens Green Data Center
      The Rochelle, Ill.-based center, built to meet LEED Gold certification, takes advantage of the city’s high capacity fiber-optics network. Allstate Insurance Co. today opens in Rochelle, Ill., what it characterizes as one of America's most energy-efficient and environmentally conscious data centers. The new Rochelle data center is targeted to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, according to a press release. Allstate further describes the 65,000-square-foot facility as a secure, world-class hosting center, which the carrier says will support its IT needs and enhance the customer experience.
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