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    1. 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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    2. 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
    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. $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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    6. 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
    7. $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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. CBI response to plans to electrify railways

      CBI response to plans to electrify railways
      The CBI today commented on the government’s plans for the electrification of the rail route from London to Swansea. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Director of Business Environment, said: “With transport accounting for nearly a quarter of emissions in the UK, the electrification of the rail network is a positive step towards decarbonising our whole public transport network. We need to change the way we move ourselves and freight around the country to reduce emissions. “Electrification of the railways will increase future demand on electricity generation, so we must speed up investment in a balanced mix of low-carbon energy sources.
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    16. Emerson Looks to a Solar Future

      Emerson Looks to a Solar Future
      Perched atop Emerson’s new data center is a 100-kilowatt solar panel array, which is visible across the company’s corporate campus in St. Louis. That’s one of the reasons for its high-profile location. “You can see this array from around the campus,” said Keith Gislason, an IT strategic planner for Emerson who directed the project. “It’s about the message, too.” Solar power has had difficulty gaining traction in the data center industry due to cost and capacity challenges. But Emerson took a forward-looking approach for its $50 million facility, and sought to craft a design that could demonstrate the potential for solar in the data center. Steve Hassell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Emerson, calls the St. Louis solar array ”an aspirational project.”
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    17. Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative

      Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative
      Samsung Electronics has announced a new green management initiative that details a comprehensive set of goals by 2013 that includes the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from manufacturing and products, the development of eco-friendly products, financial investment in eco-management initiatives, and enhanced green partnerships with suppliers and partners. Samsung’s “Eco-Management 2013″ plan centers on four core green management objectives: reducing greenhouse gas emissions normalized by sales at manufacturing facilities by 50 percent and cutting total indirect greenhouse gas emissions from all products by 84 million tons over a five year period through 2013;
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    18. Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting

      Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting
      As more companies face the daunting task of reporting on a variety of environmental performance criteria, they will be getting a helping hand thanks to a host of new sustainability software offerings. These are primarily web-based tools that can help businesses manage, analyze and report on their carbon footprints from measuring energy consumption to calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet growing demand from governments, global financial markets and consumers for full disclosure of their environmental footprint.
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    19. Green IT: How Real Is ROI?

      Green IT: How Real Is ROI?
      Green IT puts companies in a dilemma. The rhetoric of cutting carbon footprint and being socially responsible corporate citizens is tempting. Given the media, government and vendor focus on the issue, and the urgency of the problems associated with environment, awareness is at an all time high. But Green IT comes at a cost and is more expensive than products of other hues. There is a premium to be paid for additional effort that goes into designing and manufacturing green products, for example power efficient batteries, that do offer value for money by delivering higher efficiencies.
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    20. Cloud Computing Highlighted as an Emissions-Reduction Strategy

      Cloud Computing Highlighted as an Emissions-Reduction Strategy
      Companies using outsourced data centers can save thousands of dollars per year in energy costs, as well as make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study. Based on the energy savings earned by customers of NetSuite, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company based in San Mateo, Calif., companies can save an average of $10,000 a year by outsourcing their computing needs to highly efficient and optimized third parties.
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    21. The Data Bunker Boomlet

      The Data Bunker Boomlet
      The expansion by The Bunker reflects the growing niche for underground “nuke-proof” data storage facilities housed in former military facilities, mines or limestone caves. These subterranean fortresses have strong appeal for tenants seeking ultra-secure hosting that will survive any eventuality - including a nuclear blast. This trend has given new life to aging military bunkers in the US, UK and Canada. Although security is usually the primary motivation for customers, underground facilities offer advantages to the data center operator. Chief among them is cooling, as these subterranean facilities typically have a natural temperature of 60 degrees or lower.
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    22. Xcel Energy Launches Incentives for IT Managers to Go Green

      Xcel Energy Launches Incentives for IT Managers to Go Green
      Xcel Energy is hoping to lighten the load on its grid by encouraging IT managers to implement energy efficiency programs. The company's new Data Center Efficiency program, currently available in Minnesota and Colorado, will offer significant incentives to cutting the energy drawn by servers, storage and cooling. Xcel will pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of a company's data center energy efficiency study, and will refund up to $400 per kilowatt saved by the data center energy efficiency projects implemented by a firm.
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