1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?

      Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?
      Twenty milligrams; that's the average amount of carbon emissions generated from the time it took you to read the first two words of this article. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. Now, depending on how quickly you read, around 80, perhaps even 100 milligrams of C02 have been released. And in the several minutes it will take you to get to the end of this story, the number of milligrams of greenhouse gas emitted could be several thousand, if not more. This may not seem like a lot: "But in aggregate, if you consider all the people visiting a web site and then all the seconds that each of them spends on it, it turns out to be a large number," says Dr ...
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    2. UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?

      UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?
      ATLANTA—UPS said today it plans to reduce its airline carbon emissions by an additional 20 percent from 2005 to 2020, which would be a cumulative reduction of 42 percent since 1990. This objective was disclosed in its annual UPS Sustainability Report, which noted that UPS Airlines has a firm position as an industry leader in fuel efficiency in the package delivery sector, with an efficiency factor of 1.42 CO2 pounds per available ton mile—and a goal to reduce that factor to 1.24 CO2 pounds per available ton mile by 2020. Distribution is a key point of eCommerce sites like eBay and Amazon. McIntire added that UPS also wants to be a reliable supply chain partner for shippers, which is why it now has transparency in its CO2 emissions reporting [Scope 1, 2, and 3] and emissions-reduction goals.”
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      Mentions: Amazon.com eBay
    3. Exploiting the dogfood factor in corporate sustainability strategy

      Exploiting the dogfood factor in corporate sustainability strategy
      On paper, at least, it sometimes seems like big technology companies have a built-in edge over other organizations in getting with the green IT program. Of course, I deal with technology companies for a living, so that’s just what I know the best. Take IBM, which released its latest report on corporate social responsibility earlier this week. I won’t regurgitate every single piece of that update, but I do what want to key in on is a couple of things that IBM has been doing that its seems to me every business should be striving to emulate. The first is really focusing on how your own products and services can help achieve your sustainability goals and the second is looking to your business partners to play a role. I call this the “dogfood factor.”
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    4. Governments May Mandate Green Energy

      Governments May Mandate Green Energy
      The need to formulate green policies for business and possibly compliance purposes, is starting to sink in among executives. A survey last month of senior data center executives from across Europe conducted by Campos Research for Digital Reality Trust, a wholesale database provider, found that nearly 70 percent were "extremely" or "very concerned" with the potential impact of green regulations on data centers, 60 percent now have green datacenter strategies in place and 55 percent would reject a provider with no green strategy. Rodney Nelsestuen, senior research director at TowerGroup, and Inci Kaya, an analyst, concur that formalized green policies are coming at companies, and they will soon shape request for proposals (RFP) when companies vet potential outsourcers and other suppliers such as data center providers. "Eventually sustainability policies will be published and audited just like the financials," says Kaya. Steve Haas, principal for financial services at the Everest Group ...
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      Mentions: Europe
    5. Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson

      Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson
      If you want to guarantee a flood of angry email responses, write something that appears to endorse the energy bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. I did, and the stream of vitriol that followed was stunning. “Idiot” was the kindest remark and “You are absolutely batty” the most succinct. When I could get past the nasty comments, the thinking fell along a few lines: First, that global warming is a myth perpetrated by Al Gore and others; second, implementing cap and trade measures for U.S. businesses will jettison our economy and cost jobs; and three, if India and China aren’t going to do this, why should the U.S.?
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    6. How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals

      How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals
      Corporate sustainability programs that address efficiencies throughout an organization will make the greatest impact over time. Following that premise, Raytheon's sustainability initiative involves a green IT strategy as one of several ways the company is reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. The company has realized its initial greenhouse gas reduction goal, with Raytheon IT delivering measurable environmental and operational improvements as part of the enterprisewide effort. The Situation: Approximately 90 percent of Raytheon's greenhouse gas emissions come from energy consumption. As a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, Raytheon committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent per dollar of revenue between 2002 and 2009. The company exceeded its goal by realizing a 38 percent cut by 2008. Raytheon's green IT strategy focused initially on the company's data centers, where space and power constraints ...
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    7. LEED No Longer Stops at Construction: Version 3 Checks Up on ...

      LEED No Longer Stops at Construction: Version 3 Checks Up on ...
      Green buildings have to operate efficiently to be truly “green,” and the U.S. Green Building Council is about to begin enforcing that simple rule. The USGBC has had a busy week, announcing a couple of major changes to its Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) rating system. First, it announced that as part of LEED v3, the latest version of the rating system, “buildings seeking LEED certification will begin submitting operational performance data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification.” The change gets at what has long been the primary complaint about LEED: That it stops once the building is built.
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    8. CME Revs Up for Surge in Carbon Credit Trading

      CME Revs Up for Surge in Carbon Credit Trading
      As the Senate debates the American Clean Energy and Security Act recently passed in the House that attempts to create a cap-and-trade scheme for carbon emissions in the U.S. similar to Europe's, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange has been ramping up its efforts to prepare for an expected surge in carbon credit trading. The climate-change bill would put a limit on the amount of carbon emissions a company can generate, but allow over-limit companies to meet their requirements by purchasing credits from those emitting less pollution than they're allowed. A voluntary carbon credit market already exists in the U.S.; the bill under debate would broaden the market to those who must buy carbon credits or face penalties (or drastically reduce their carbon emissions).
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    9. Chapter 1: Going Green in the Data Center

      Chapter 1: Going Green in the Data Center
      This chapter defines green, discusses the drivers for companies to build greener Data Centers, and presents the benefits a business can see from environmentally friendlier server environments. The chapter also outlines incentive programs that reward green efforts and recaps environmental activities that several major companies pursue today.
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    10. Carbon labelling expands internationally

      Carbon labelling expands internationally
      The world’s first carbon label for consumer products is set to go global with the announcement today that Australia is to join the UK in using the Carbon Trust’s system. The Carbon Trust, an organisation backed by the UK Government, has signed an agreement with Planet Ark, a leading Australian environmental organisation, to establish its Carbon Reduction Label in Australia. The first products bearing the label are expected to hit Australian supermarket shelves in 2010. The Carbon Trust’s scheme was launched in the UK in 2007 and in less than two years has won the support of over 60 product manufacturers. The label now appears on more than 2,500 UK consumer products, from potato crisps to fruit juice, paving stones to bank accounts. Brands that have taken on the system include the leading UK supermarket chain Tesco, Allied Bakeries’ Kingsmill bread and PepsiCo’s Walkers, Quakers ...
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    11. How green are you? Ecobot knows...

      How green are you? Ecobot knows...
      The Wall Street Journal recently opined that "the inconvenient truth is that the earth's temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2," causing a greater number of scientists to question the science behind global warming. Whatever your opinion in the matter, it's certainly true that the world would be better off if we wasted less energy, which is what makes open-source Ecobot so useful. Ecobot tracks your carbon footprint (Credit: Taxi) While programs like Amee help businesses measure their carbon footprints, Ecobot offers a personal "carbon trainer" for Mac users. Designed by Taxi, a Canadian corporation, Ecobot is derived from Taxi's participation in the "Green for Green" competition. The program "calculates your carbon footprint by measuring the fuel, power, and paper you use," and, importantly, does a lot of this data aggregation automatically. ("Automatically" is good - heck, if we weren't so lazy, we probably ...
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      Mentions: Apple
    12. Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change

      Wto, Unep Connect the Dots between Trade and Climate Change
      Although freer trade could lead to increased CO2 emissions as a result of raising economic activity, it can also help ease climate change, for example, by increasing the use of mitigation technologies, according to a new WTO/UNEP report. The report indicates that there is evidence that more open trade together with actions to combat climate change can drive global innovation including new products and processes that can stimulate new clean tech businesses. The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade and Climate Change” examines the interaction between trade and climate change from four perspectives: the science of climate change; economics; multilateral efforts to tackle climate change; and national climate change policies and their effect on trade.
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    13. House Passes Climate Bill

      House Passes Climate Bill
      Landmark legislation to curb U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions was approved by the House of Representatives in a close vote late Friday, securing an initial victory for a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's agenda. The 1,200 page bill -- formally known as the "American Clean Energy and Security Act" -- will reach into almost every corner of the U.S. economy. By putting a price on emissions of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, the bill would affect the way electricity is generated, how homes and offices are designed, how foreign trade is conducted and how much Americans pay to drive cars or to heat their homes. The House climate bill, approved by a 219-212 vote Friday evening, would mandate that 15% of the nation's electricity come from renewable sources such as wind and solar power by 2020, potentially expanding the market and profit potential for companies in those sectors ...
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    14. Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading

      Wall Street Eagerly Waiting for Carbon Credit Trading
      NEW YORK - The opposition by the Republicans to the idea of carbon trading is a bit baffling, given that it is a classic Wall Street-driven solution for dealing with a serious problem. Sure, carbon trading, which is the centerpiece of the Obama administration-backed American Clean Energy and Security Act, would carry a cost for consumers and companies that emit too much in greenhouse gases. But the economic impact of the bill's so-called cap-and-trade scheme would be modest -- costing the average household $175 a year in added expenses, according to the Congressional Budget Office. What's actually more baffling is President Obama's infatuation with this trading scheme, which will benefit the global environment, but will also fatten the wallets of Wall Street traders. A simple tax on polluters and carbon producers would get the job done without the kind of wealth transfer to the gilded class that Republicans generally ...
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    15. Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?

      Energy Costs Rising, Regulations Imminent - Are You Ready?
      While organizations remain uncertain about the specific effects and requirements of future greenhouse gas (GHG) legislation and regulation, one outcome is certain: any law that puts a price on carbon will increase energy costs. To reduce vulnerability to energy cost increases, organizations must prepare now, and a comprehensive evaluation of energy use in facilities and real estate offers one of the best preparatory measures. Before carbon regulations hit, organizations need to accurately evaluate their real estate portfolios in order to understand their risk profiles and determine the best opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. In one of my earlier articles, I introduced the notion that existing buildings, not just new buildings, are critical to a low-carbon economy, and that technology strategies drive building efficiency.
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    16. Microsoft Launches Hohm, Enters Home Energy Management Business

      Microsoft Launches Hohm, Enters Home Energy Management Business
      Designed to help consumers lower their energy bills and reduce their impact on the environment, Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a new online application, Microsoft Hohm, that enables consumers to better understand their energy usage and get recommendations for energy savings. The beta application is available at no cost to anyone in the United States with an Internet connection. Microsoft Hohm uses advanced analytics licensed from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy to provide consumers with personalized energy-saving recommendations. Recommendations can range from placing new caulking on windows to removing air leaks to installing a programmable thermostat. These recommendations are tailored based on specific circumstances in the consumer’s home including house features, usage patterns and appliances. The savings will vary based on the information shared and the characteristics of consumers’ households. If consumers don’t provide their data, recommendations will be based on local ...
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    17. Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions

      Verizon Expands Energy-Efficiency Efforts, Reduces GHG Emissions
      Verizon’s latest corporate responsibility report includes environmental initiatives that have increased the telecommunications company’s energy efficiency and recycling efforts as well as reduced its greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 intensity. By applying energy-efficiency measures in its buildings, Verizon has reduced its energy usage by 16.5 million kilowatts. The New York-based company’s total energy reduction measures in [...]
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    18. Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership

      Why the Tech Industry Needs Real Climate Leadership
      In this response to editor Preston Gralla's post from earlier this month, the coordinator of Greenpeace's Cool IT Challenge explains how the campaign is trying to push companies on the policy front to influence the global climate debate for the better. Last week GreenerComputing.com's executive editor Preston Gralla called the Greenpeace Cool IT Challenge "well-intentioned" but "simplistic and misguided." The article then demonstrated a complete misunderstanding of the campaign by stating: Look at the scorecard itself. A full 35 points out of the 100 total are devoted to speeches and political advocacy done by the companies. But speeches and advocacy aren't the key to what these companies need to be doing. Actually, it is.
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    19. Manos: Prepare for Data Center Regulation

      Manos: Prepare for Data Center Regulation
      Is data center regulation inevitable? Mike Manos of Digital Realty Trust is back from a visit to England, where he held a customer discussion about the Carbon Reduction Commitment (PDF), the UK’s version of cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “While not specifically aimed at data centers (it’s aimed at everyone) you can see that by its definition data centers will be significantly affected,” Mike writes. The CRC mechanism is expected to “go live” in April 2010, and include all organizations that consume more than 6,000 MWh in 2008. “One of the items that came out during the roundtable discussions was how generally disconnected government regulators are to the complexities of the data center,” Manos writes.”They want to view Data Centers as big bad energy using boxes that are all the same, when the differences in what is achievable from small data centers to mega-scale ...
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    20. Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming

      Innovation Economics Can Fight Global Warming
      The U.S. House of Representatives may be on the verge of passing the most significant environmental measure since 1990. The bill, named for its sponsors, representatives Howard A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), would for the first time impose caps on carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to global warming. It also would allow companies to buy credits from each other, permitting them to exceed their greenhouse gas limits. While the so-called cap-and-trade mechanism (or some kind of carbon pricing) is needed, it isn't enough. To really avert climate change, the government needs to adopt an explicitly green innovation policy. Unfortunately, green innovation is getting short shrift in this bill and in Washington generally.
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    21. Economic Concerns Have One Exception by Carol Wilson

      Economic Concerns Have One Exception by Carol Wilson
      Economic concerns have one exception There is no doubt that the economy has supplanted environmental concerns as a priority in the minds of most if not all business leaders over the last six months. Many companies had the best of intentions at the beginning of 2008 of pursuing “greener” pastures--more telecommuting to reduce driving; lower electricity consumption in offices; less non-essential business travel and incentives to encourage car-pooling and other employee energy-saving measures were all hot topics.
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    22. Is smart grid the next green-tech bubble?

      WASHINGTON--Here at a conference on the utility of the future, the starring players are Google, IBM, Cisco Systems, Intel, and smart grid start-ups. The reason? Data. Modernizing the grid isn't just about installing more transmissions lines and smart meters. It's a giant information challenge as well, said attendees of consulting firm Kema's Utility of the Future conference here on Thursday. The heavyweight IT companies are seeking to capitalize on initiatives around the world to upgrade the power infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Energy is expected to soon announce how billions of dollars in stimulus money for smart grid will be allocated. Smart grid has also become one of clean-tech venture capitalists' favorite areas, spawning dozens of start-ups with ways to make the grid run more efficiently and integrate more solar and wind power. Altogether, it's a combination that could end up creating a bubble, said ...
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    23. Green IT Is Maturing, Here to Stay, Researchers Find

      Green IT Is Maturing, Here to Stay, Researchers Find
      In the growing universe of green IT hardware, software and services, there are two kinds of technologies, according to a new report from Forrester Research: Green IT 1.0 and green IT 2.0. The 1.0 technologies are those that green the IT infrastructure of a company -- like virtualization and power management -- while 2.0 technologies are those that help the company green other aspects of its business, such as videoconferencing or supply chain management software. While awareness and implementation of green IT 2.0 projects are certainly on the upswing in companies, green IT 1.0 technologies have taken solid root in companies of all types, to great benefit. In the new TechRadar report, author Doug Washburn interviewed 12 green IT experts and 10 end-users to identify 15 1.0 technologies that make the cut for how broadly they've been adopted and how ready for prime time ...
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    24. The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney

      The price of carbon and your data center by Doug Mohney
      Recent market trading in Europe and U.S. estimates put the price of carbon at around $20 a ton today. By 2010, the non-profit Investor Responsibility Research Center thinks that the world will see pricing of $28.24 per ton, says Forbes. Regardless of the mechanism – a flat carbon emitter tax, cap-and-trade policies, or carbon offset buys – data center operators have to start factoring in the cost of carbon into their operation. First, let’s be honest: It is hard to predict the future with great certainty, doubly so when we move from lies, damned lies, and statistics into the realm of computer modeling built on assumptions that may or may not have to do anything with the real world. However, having said that, barring a sudden set of breakthroughs in energy generation and/or conservation, your electric bill has a good chance of having a carbon tax built into ...
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