1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions

      More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions
      Economists have long seen a carbon tax as a good idea because of its simplicity: Polluters pay at a level that is set by decree. Lucas Dolega/European PressPhoto Agency Nicolas Sarkozy, left, with the French officials Laurence Rossignol, Harlem Desir, Jean Louis Borloo and Martine Aubry, was to unveil details of a carbon tax. But the idea never caught on widely in the United States or Europe, where governments jealously guard their autonomy on taxes. Industries lobbied for a market-based system called cap and trade instead, which they helped to design and from which some have profited handsomely. Now, with only modest progress so far in meeting goals set for greenhouse gas reduction, the carbon tax may be making a comeback.
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      Mentions: Europe Norway
    2. Get Ready for Green IT 2.0

      Get Ready for Green IT 2.0
      By now, most IT pros are familiar with Green IT technologies such as virtualization, and more efficiently cooling data centers. But consultants say that a new wave of Green IT technologies are on the way --- call it Green IT 2.0. In Green IT 2.0, greening and energy savings related to technology will expand well beyond the data center, and beyond individual PCs. It goes even beyond networks. Green IT 2.0 goes to the very core of the way an enterprise operates --- it examines business processes and operations at every level of a company, and suggests ways to re-tool for energy saving and reducing carbon emissions.
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    3. Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs

      Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs
      Reports early in 2009 about the ICT sector's carbon dioxide emissions must have caused embarrassment to senior board members. In one case, it was suggested that a North American datacentre belonging to a major search engine might need as much power as all the homes in Newcastle, UK. So the rapid development by several ICT companies of a whole range of software with an environmental theme has come not a moment too soon.
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    4. London Selects Low-Carbon Zones

      London Selects Low-Carbon Zones
      The Mayor of London, England, has designated the first 10 “low-carbon” zones in the capital city that will receive more than £200,000 (approximately $327,700) to fund low-carbon projects that include the installation of rooftop solar panels, and electric car recharging stations, reports Envido. The low-carbon zones are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 20.12 percent [...]
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    5. To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen

      To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen
      Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory have been working for the past year and a half on a process to convert biomass, such straw or crop residue, into liquid fuels at a far higher efficiency than existing cellulosic ethanol technologies. A scarce resource for fuel? (Credit: Idaho National Laboratory) Rather than one single development, the technology--named bio-syntrolysis--ties together multiple processes, but it has electrolysis, or splitting water to make hydrogen, at is starting point. When combined with a carbon-free electricity source, the approach could deliver a carbon-neutral biofuel, according to models done at INL which has done research for decades in nuclear energy.
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      Mentions: InfoWorld
    6. Green IT Efforts Save Symantec $2.1M in Energy Costs

      Green IT Efforts Save Symantec $2.1M in Energy Costs
      Symantec Corp., an infrastructure software provider, is achieving significant business cost and productivity benefits including a projected energy cost savings of $2.1 million thanks to its ongoing “green” IT efforts. The cost savings is attributed to hardware device reduction and related power consumption savings from August 2007 to December 2010. Symantec hired Alchemy Solutions Group to [...]
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      Mentions: Symantec Corp.
    7. There's Energy in IP Communications

      There's Energy in IP Communications
      More than a decade ago, PAETEC (News - Alert) predicted the majority of telecom purchasing decisions would be made by CIOs within 10 years. That prediction has obviously come to fruition. So, when PAETEC CEO Arunas Chesonis (News - Alert) took the stage for his keynote at ITEXPO West in Los Angeles this afternoon to a crowd inspiring pop rhythm, looking to create energy in the crowd, one could only assume he was again looking to create a rift in the time-space continuum to make another bold prediction. Why? Because energy is the future of telecom, he believes. At least it’s the future of PAETEC. His prediction: Within another 10 years, the majority of energy purchasing decisions will be made by CIOs.
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    8. Keeping your data center lean, mean, ...

      Keeping your data center lean, mean, ...
      The rising energy costs of running a data center are gaining more and more attention as they are already in the range of $3.3 billion annually, according to IDC. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Energy are now creating standard ratings for energy efficiency benchmarks, forcing companies to be more conscious of their energy use and environmental impact. Many companies, however, are wary of such new regulations and standards, as they think it’ll mean incurring new costs to meet them. On the contrary, there are cost-efficient ways to deliver immediate ROI while complying with environmental policies. One important step is to transform data centers from expensive, power hungry facilities to energy efficient systems that not only contribute to a reduction in a company's carbon emissions, but also to significant cost savings. The first step to marrying the two is establishing a baseline ...
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    9. Green Clouds in Northern Climes

      Green Clouds in Northern Climes
      Iceland, struggling to recover from the financial crisis, may be even better poised to become a green data hub. Not only is its frigid weather a cheap way to cool centers, but 100 percent of the country's energy comes from hydroelectric and geothermal plants. Less than 20 percent of this clean energy has been tapped thus far. Before the economic collapse, Iceland laid a network of undersea fiber-optic cables to mainland Europe and North America, which will make it easy to zip data overseas. The investment is "a pretty bold statement for a country like Iceland," says Jeff Monroe of Verne Global, which is launching a $300 million, 37,000-square-meter data center outside Reykjavik.
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Google
    10. Carbon Disclosure Demands on the Rise: Is Your Organization Ready?

      Carbon Disclosure Demands on the Rise: Is Your Organization Ready?
      Home Depot battled negative headlines in May when shareholders voted down a resolution to enforce more rigid and transparent energy efficiency measures. The resolution proposed that the organization assess company-wide energy use from its buildings, transportation and supply chain. It also urged Home Depot to set energy use reduction targets and report findings and progress to shareholders. While the measure did not pass, it received support from the $20 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust, the advisory firm RiskMetrics Group (RMG), and other investors in the $7 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR).
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    11. Does Your Cloud Have a Green Lining?

      Does Your Cloud Have a Green Lining?
      Although the ultimate definition of "the cloud" remains elusive to vendors and end users alike, the cloud represents the next major paradigm shift in the IT industry and business computing. Coinciding with the emergence of cloud computing, green IT and sustainability are becoming integral components of corporate strategies in top-performing organizations.
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    12. $100M Lighting Retrofits Could Save $350M at Hospitals

      $100M Lighting Retrofits Could Save $350M at Hospitals
      LED Saving Solutions is offering $100 million in LED lighting retrofits at zero out-of-pocket expense to over 100 hospitals and major hospital groups across the United States, reports GreenandSave.com. The company will only get paid based on a portion of the savings generated each month. Through partnerships with more than seven major manufacturers, LED Saving Solutions is able to offer the $100 million LED lighting incentive. This offer extends to the first 100 hospitals that request up to $1 million in state-of-the-art lighting at zero out-of-pocket expense, which includes a free lighting energy audit and free...
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    13. 100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century

      100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century
      One year from its launch, the Carbon Trust Standard Company has certified financial services group HSBC as its 100th achiever. Over the last 12 months, the 100 Carbon Trust Standard recipients have cut their emissions by over 600,000 tonnes of carbon and saved over £50 million. The Carbon Trust Standard is a mark of excellence awarded to organisations for measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions over time. As the 100th company to achieve the certification, HSBC follows in the footsteps of big brands such as Asda, Tesco, O2, Eurotunnel and Eversheds.
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      Mentions: Europe Carbon Trust
    14. $500B Plan for U.S. Green Building Retrofits Touted

      $500B Plan for U.S. Green Building Retrofits Touted
      The United States can build a low-carbon economy by retrofitting existing homes and businesses for energy efficiency, which would reduce waste and pollution, jumpstart an economic recovery, create good jobs and deliver energy cost savings, while reducing global warming, according to a new report. The report is calling on Congress and the Obama administration to ensure that investments will be made in weatherization and energy efficiency as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
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    15. Study Finds Consumers Ready to Pay for Electrical Grid Upgrades

      Study Finds Consumers Ready to Pay for Electrical Grid Upgrades
      Fifty-seven percent of Americans agree that the nation’s electrical grid infrastructure should be upgraded to support new generation and further deployment of alternative energy technologies, according to a new study. In light of the findings, solution providers already have energy optimization tools under development that are smart-grid ready to help businesses cut their electrical energy costs. The survey also finds that 70 percent of Green Elite respondents, those identified as participants in sustainability and environmental activities, believe significant upgrades to the nation’s electrical grid is necessary to meet electricity demand over the next five years.
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    16. Global deal needs 'strong' 2020 targets: UN climate chief

      Global deal needs 'strong' 2020 targets: UN climate chief
      The global climate treaty slated for completion by year's end will be crippled without "strong commitments" from rich nations on slashing CO2 emissions by 2020, the UN's top climate official said Thursday. The absence of such commitments "would defeat the whole purpose of the Copenhagen agreement," Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told AFP in an phone interview. Disagreement over how deep those cuts should be remain one of the most serious sticking points in the troubled talks, and has opened a deep rift between developed and developing nations.
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    17. Looking beyond the Kyoto Treaty by carol wilson

      Looking beyond the Kyoto Treaty by carol wilson
      Many within the environmental movement hoped Barack Obama’s election to the White House would mean U.S. ratification of the Kyoto Accord, the U.N. climate treaty that seeks to limit the carbon emissions thought to cause global warming. What President Obama has done instead is establish the U.S. as a leader in negotiating the next version of Kyoto, which expires in 2012.
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    18. Environmental Responsibility in the US and Beyond by tate cantrell

      Environmental Responsibility in the US and Beyond by tate cantrell
      Following up on one of my recent blogs about the UK government’s push for carbon reduction, I thought I would discuss some recent developments that have taken place with the United States’ new cap-and-trade plan to address the issue of carbon emissions. The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) introduces a variant of a "cap-and-trade" system with market-based incentives to reduce carbon pollution through the use of energy efficiency and clean energy technologies. Companies that do not reduce their carbon emissions will pay more for pollution allowances. The bill was recently approved by the House...
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    19. New McKinsey Report: Green building is a crucial and urgent economic and environmental imperative

      New McKinsey Report: Green building is a crucial and urgent economic and environmental imperative
      Investing in the energy efficiency of buildings represents a powerful and strategic energy and climate solution that combined with other non-transportation initiatives could reduce the nation’s energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, save the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually, according to a study released today by McKinsey & Company. “This confirms a critical path forward that we have long championed...."
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    20. Business backs 20% emissions cut target

      Business backs 20% emissions cut target
      The New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development has advised the Government to set a unilateral target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. The business leadership group, which includes some of the country's largest enterprises, says the country should also consider a possible reduction of 30% or more - if international climate change treaty talks adopt proposals which put our trade-exposed industries on a fairer footing.
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    21. At&t Led Signage Reduces Carbon Emissions, Saves Energy

      At&t Led Signage Reduces Carbon Emissions, Saves Energy
      Looking to replace outdated signage on more than 6,500 AT&T office buildings and retail locations, AT&T chose to retrofit its 7,000 channel letter signs with a LED lighting system that significantly reduces its energy use and carbon emissions. The benefit: A savings of more than 5.8-million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and a reduction of 3,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. AT&T said this is the equivalent of planting more than 950 acres of trees. AT&T’s lighting retrofit included the installation of 2.6 million LEDs from Lumination, GE Consumer & Industrial’s LED business. The GE Tetra LEDs replaced both high-voltage, high-maintenance neon and less-efficient linear fluorescent lighting, which typically performs less favorably than LEDs in cold climates, according to the company.
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