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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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      Mentions: LEED
    7. HSBC Meets Targets for Emissions, Waste and Energy

      HSBC Meets Targets for Emissions, Waste and Energy
      HSBC Holding plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services companies, says it has achieved several of its environmental performance goals in 2008 including reduction targets for energy, waste and carbon dioxide, according to its Sustainability Report 2008. In 2008, HSBC set new four-year targets for reducing energy and water consumption, and production of waste and carbon dioxide from energy. Over the last year, total emissions from energy use in all buildings have increased by 1.5 percent. However, for those parts of the group where targets have been set (excluding data centers), energy use reduced by 4.6 percent in 2008 when normalized by the number of full-time equivalent employees, says the company. Travel-related emissions accounted for 21 percent of the group’s total carbon dioxide footprint in 2008 of which 64 percent comes from air travel. Emissions from travel decreased by 7 percent in 2008 ...
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    8. Businesses call for shift to low-carbon economy

      Businesses call for shift to low-carbon economy
      A group of business executives on Tuesday issued a call for action on energy policy, arguing the cost of moving to cleaner energy technologies in the next decade will avert costs from climate change. The Copenhagen Climate Council, an organization formed to create awareness for global climate negotiations in December, issued the statement at the conclusion of the World Business Summit, a three-day conference in Copenhagen of businesses and climate experts. "The Copenhagen Call" document is a set of recommendations to policy makers, listing six policy changes required for businesses to make investments that will lead to lower greenhouse gas emissions. To create a stronger incentive to invest in green technologies, the group said there needs to be an international carbon market built around a cap on emissions and the ability to trade permits to emit greenhouse gases. The statement said that policy should be based on the target of ...
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    9. Firms may help set price of carbon

      Firms may help set price of carbon
      COPENHAGEN -- Business leaders vowed Monday to help world governments set a price on carbon, establishing a market that governments can use to cut greenhouse gases. "I think we can craft some pretty clear direction," said Tony Hayward, the chief executive officer of BP PLC. That approach requires governments to join a new U.N.-administered treaty for regulating greenhouse gases that proponents hope to hammer out by December. It would set limits on carbon dioxide and then issue permits to companies that would divvy up how much of the overall pollution each of them can emit. Any unused portions could be traded to other companies. Mr. Hayward said most executives he had spoken with agree the world "is going to establish a carbon price" - making carbon emissions a global commodity, with a universally accepted price, probably through so-called cap and trade by governments and the marketplace.
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    10. Intel Cuts Emissions by 27% in 2008

      Intel Cuts Emissions by 27% in 2008
      Semiconductor giant Intel Corporation has cut its global-warming emissions by 27 percent in 2008, compared to its 2007 baseline, keeping the company on track to meet its goal to reduce its carbon footprint 20 percent by 2012, according to the company’s 2008 Corporate Responsibility Report. The CSR report highlights the ways Intel has applied its technology to address environmental, social and economic challenges, and summarizes new long-term goals to drive continuous improvement. Here are several environmental highlights from the report. Intel, based in Santa Clara, California, reduced its total CO2 emissions from 3.85 million metric tons in 2007 to 2.85 million metric tons in 2008. Specifically, the company reduced its PFC emissions by 59 percent in absolute terms and 80 percent on a per chip basis from its1995 baseline.
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    11. China: Developed Countries Must Cut Emissions by 40%

      China: Developed Countries Must Cut Emissions by 40%
      China said developed nations must cut their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2020 from 1990 levels, according to a document outlining its stance ahead of December climate talks in Copenhagen. China is also asking rich countries to donate at least 0.5% to 1% of their annual gross domestic product to help poorer countries cope with climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, it said in the document, which was posted on the Web site of the National Development and Reform Commission, the economic policy-making body that governs China's greenhouse gas emissions policy. International negotiators are hoping to conclude a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires at the end of 2012, in an effort to limit the growth of global-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The 40% target represents the high end of cuts in emissions mentioned in the 2007 Bali roadmap, which stopped short of endorsing a ...
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    12. MIT experts tackle nuclear power waste problem

      MIT experts tackle nuclear power waste problem
      Advocates say a nuclear power "renaissance" can solve global energy problems, but construction of new reactors in the U.S. faces a number of barriers, not the least of which is nuclear waste. Delaware Senator Thomas Carper, who actively supports nuclear power, hosted a panel of experts on Monday to discuss nuclear waste at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT on Monday also updated its 2003 study on how nuclear power can play a role in reducing carbon emissions (click for PDF). The four panelists--executive director of the upcoming MIT Nuclear Fuels Cycle study Charles Forsberg, MIT professor of nuclear science and engineering Andrew Kadak, Harvard University associate professor and proliferation expert Matthew Bunn, and MIT Energy Initiative director Ernest Moniz--all favored more nuclear power. They also agreed that the U.S. should fund more research and development, particularly around long-term solutions to radioactive waste. They said that current methods ...
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    13. Citi’s Green Data Centers Provide Environmental and Business Benefits

      Citi’s Green Data Centers Provide Environmental and Business Benefits
      Citi has quietly stepped into a leadership role in the "green" data center movement on Wall Street over the past two years. The financial services conglomerate has built three LEED-certified data centers -- LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the U.S. Green Building Council's rating system for designing and constructing energy-efficient buildings -- in Frankfurt; Georgetown, Texas; and Singapore. In April, the Department of Energy and the Uptime Institute recognized Citi -- the only Wall Street firm in the running -- as a finalist for a Green Enterprise IT Award for data center facility design; Uptime also named Citigroup in its 2009 Global Green 100 list this year (along with nine other Wall Street firms). Citi announced in April the completion of the Frankfurt facility, which is the first-ever LEED platinum-certified data center. [Ed. note: Last year we wrote about Advanced Data Centers, which is building the ...
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    14. SSA data center to go green

      SSA data center to go green
      The Social Security Administration intends to use green information technology solutions in the new $800 million data center that will replace its existing facility. SSA will use money from the economic stimulus law to help identify and install energy-efficient IT solutions at the new National Support Center, which handles Social Security benefits, according to a plan released May 18 on the Recovery.gov Web site. Green IT solutions are designs, practices and devices that reduce environmental impact and limit energy consumption. The agency will be working with an IT consulting firm to help identify the green requirements, the plan states. “The sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental impact resulting from the project are dependent on the initial building design, IT equipment selections, and ongoing operations of the data center," the plan states. "We are committed to incorporating energy-efficient IT solutions as part of the ongoing operations of the National Support Center.”
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    15. Tipping Point For Data Centers

      Tipping Point For Data Centers
      The continuing rise in the amount of electricity consumed by data centers is challenging our nation's grid capacity and infrastructure. We have reached a tipping point. Data-center energy use is now a very noticeable fraction of total supply available. When you count everything from mammoth data centers down to server closets, data-center electricity usage in the U.S. has doubled to 2% of total supply since 2000. And the numbers just keep getting worse. Data-center electricity use is growing at about 12% per year, which means we need to add about 1,000 megawatts of electricity-production capacity annually. That means two large 500-megawatt power plants, each of which costs $1 billion to $2 billion to build. This is money we could be spending on productive information technology equipment, rather than building fuel-fired plants that will emit massive amounts of carbon over their lifetime.
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    16. European Telcos Failing to Spread Green IT: Report

      European Telcos Failing to Spread Green IT: Report
      LONDON, UK -- An analysis by research firm Verdantix finds that, despite their positive internal efforts to boost energy efficiency and reduce environmental impacts, most telecom companies have done very little to help their clients get greener. The new report, "Green Quadrant: Sustainable Telecoms Europe," compares the internal and customer-facing strategies of nine major European telecommunications companies: AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, TeliaSonera, Verizon and Vodafone. Of the nine companies, only Orange is singled out for its work on helping their customers adopt tools and strategies to achieve corporate environmental and energy efficiency goals. "Among Europe's leading telecoms operators only Orange stands out as a firm that has made deep and broad commitments to launch innovative sustainability offerings for their customers" said Verdantix Director and telecoms industry veteran David Metcalfe. Overall, he added, "there is little evidence that Europe's telcos as a whole make meaningful ...
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    17. AT&T Appoints First Chief Sustainability Officer

      AT&T* today announced the appointment of Charlene Lake as senior vice president public affairs and chief sustainability officer. In this capacity, Lake will lead AT&T's efforts to achieve a wide range of specific, sustainable business objectives, working with the Public Policy Committee of the Board of Directors, the Chairman's office, and AT&T's executive management team to further integrate sustainable business practices across AT&T and its supply chain. "Our appointment of a chief sustainability officer reflects our commitment to our long-term future and the communities where we live and work," said Randall Stephenson, chairman and chief executive officer of AT&T Inc. AT&T has taken a number of steps in the last 18 months to strengthen its commitment to sustainable business practices and operations, including: Establishing accountability with the AT&T Board of Directors. At the end of 2007, AT&T changed the ...
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    18. Green IT Is Key to an Energy-Efficient Future: Report

      Green IT Is Key to an Energy-Efficient Future: Report
      hether it's teleworking enabled by broadband internet or the spread of video conferencing technologies that reduce business travel, information technologies (IT) are responsible for significantly reducing the amount of energy used in the United States in the last 20 years, according to a report released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The report "Semiconductor Technologies: The Potential to Revolutionize U.S. Energy Productivity," is authored by "Semiconductor Technologies: The Potential to Revolutionize U.S. Energy Productivity," looks at how the energy intensity of the U.S. economy -- the amount of energy needed to produce $1 of GDP -- has steadily shrunk due to technological innovations. The savings resulting from IT have already made a huge impact: Although the U.S. economy has grown by over 60 percent in 20 years, energy demand has climbed only 20 percent during that time. And the report's authors -- Skip ...
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    19. Energy and the Internet

      Energy and the Internet
      There's been a lot of debate lately about the growing amount of energy needed to power the Internet, and we wanted to weigh in on the discussion. A few months ago, I first blogged about the about amount of energy used in one Google search. Our engineers crunched the numbers and found that an average query uses about 1 kJ of energy and emits about 0.2 grams of carbon dioxide. But those raw numbers don't really put the environmental impact of searching the Internet into perspective. To add some context, below is data about the C02 impact of some everyday activities and items compared to Google searching:
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    20. Chip Measures Smart Grid, Data Center Energy Use

      Chip Measures Smart Grid, Data Center Energy Use
      Measurement is the first step of energy management, which becomes even more critical as energy costs rise. A new chip by Teridian Semiconductor is aiming at not only at concerns towards growing enterprise data center energy demand, but also for residential applications. Using technology they've honed through their utility smart meters, Teridian's chips could be key in managing IT energy costs. With annual costs for IT departments totaling over $4.5 billion in the U.S. in 2006 according to the EPA, there are ample savings to be made by reducing energy consumption. The same 2006 EPA report also projected 2011 data center energy cost at more than $7.4 billion. However, companies could implement smart measures towards energy efficiency and adopt that would more than half the energy use, according to the EPA.
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      Mentions: The Green Grid
    21. Microsemi Unveils Green Power-Over-Ethernet Standard

      RVINE, Calif. -- Microsemi, a manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits, announced last week a new standard for energy efficiency in Power over Ethernet (PoE) devices that it hopes will earn wide acceptance in the industry. The company's Green PoE certification program is designed to mimic the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification, recognizing the products in PoE switches and other equipment that are at or above the 75th percentile for energy efficiency on the market. Microsemi said it also intends to propose its certification program to electric utilities as a potential rebate program for companies that purchase these energy-efficient devices. "Pacific Gas and Electric Company is following the development of IT industry energy efficiency standards, such as Microsemi's work on PoE devices, as the basis for expanding the reach of our portfolio of programs and services for data centers," said Mark Bramfitt, a principla program ...
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