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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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      Mentions: Uptime Institute
    5. 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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    6. 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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      Mentions: The Green Grid
    7. 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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    8. 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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      Mentions: Google
    9. 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
    10. 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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    11. SAP buys into carbon management

      SAP buys into carbon management
      Having mastered ways to automate manufacturing and dozens of other business processes, SAP is now acquiring expertise in managing carbon emissions. The enterprise software giant said on Monday it has acquired 2-year-old, privately held Clear Standards, a Sterling, Va.-based software company with tools for tracking and reporting a corporation's environmental impact. No financial terms were disclosed. The iPhone client for Clear Standards' CarbonTracker enterprise carbon-management software. (Credit: Clear Standards) Clear Standards' Web-based hosted applications are designed to help a company develop a strategy for managing carbon emissions and reducing its environmental impact. The software can create an inventory of a company's emissions and then give an environmental regulations manager, for example, a way to track efforts to reduce energy and waste.
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      Mentions: InfoWorld
    12. SMEs Must Turn Green Thoughts Into Green Actions

      According to a study released by the Business Performance Management Forum, 82% of Internet and e-commerce companies are thinking about green-based, ecological initiatives, but some companies have yet to act on their thoughts. The study, titled “Think Eco-Logical,” looks at the forces driving IT departments to make changes regarding their energy usage and other green initiatives; the study also shows that 97% of IT professionals say reducing carbon footprint is important but that little real action is underway. Eco-Awareness Derek Kober, program director of BPM Forum, says little action is underway because of education and leadership. "It's a combination of a need for more education as to the tangible business benefits that can be achieved through more ecological practices in the data center and the requirement for more leadership both within companies and in the community at large,” Kober says. “This is precisely why the Think Eco-Logical initiative is ...
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    13. Do Google's carbon offsets add up to much?

      Do Google's carbon offsets add up to much?
      Google, a company that runs power-hungry data centers, employs thousands of people, and operates a corporate jet, said on Wednesday that it was carbon neutral for the past two years. How so? Offsets. The idea of a carbon offset is to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions of a company or person by investing in a project that reduces emissions from the atmosphere. Google sees offsets as an imperfect method for lowering their total carbon footprint, among other efforts. To detractors, offsets are essentially greenwashing when companies do little more than buy offsets to meet their environmental sustainability goals.
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      Mentions: Google InfoWorld
    14. Grading Google's carbon neutral claims

      Grading Google's carbon neutral claims
      Google reached its goal of becoming carbon neutral for 2007 and is almost entirely neutral for 2008, Google's Green Energy Czar Bill Weihl announced on the official Google blog Wednesday evening. In June 2007, Google had announced it was going to try to become carbon neutral by the end of that year ...
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    15. Cut Carbon And Stay Competitive: $10 Billion?

      Cut Carbon And Stay Competitive: $10 Billion?
      As Congress debates how to regulate carbon emissions, business is up in arms over costs they say will leave them handicapped in the face of growing global competition. But an estimate out today says the U.S. government will give away just $10 billion per year in carbon allowances to keep many domestic industries competitive under a federal cap and trade climate scheme--petty cash in the current bailout era. Article Controls EMAIL PRINT REPRINT NEWSLETTER COMMENTS SHARE YAHOO! BUZZ Point Carbon, an energy industry consultancy, analyzed a key provision in climate legislation now under debate in the House of Representatives subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Called the Employ Act, it would provide chemical, metals and cement producers--energy intensive industries exposed to global competition--with free allowances covering 85% of their emissions under the cap and trade scheme proposed in the broad American Clean Energy and Security Act.
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    16. Placing a Price on Carbon

      Placing a Price on Carbon
      During the 2009 Offshore Technology Conference yesterday a lengthy panel took place to discuss meeting America’s energy challenges in both the near and the long term. The list of the panelists can be found below. Although not everyone came out and said it, a number of the panelists concluded a price on carbon was necessary. Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil, was the first to come out and say it. While he acknowledged it will cost energy prices to rise, he supported cap-and-trade legislation that would reduce carbon dioxide reduction. He mentioned that the legislation must be done right and cannot hurt the economy, suggesting that a gradual phasing of reduction cuts would be ideal. Other members of the panel concurred. But the reality is that any carbon reduction scheme (a carbon tax was also mentioned) will have significant economic consequences. Either way, it’s a tax on energy ...
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    17. How To Do Cap-And-Trade

      How To Do Cap-And-Trade
      The prospects for legislation to limit emissions of greenhouse gases are still uncertain. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, introduced by Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Edward Markey, D-Mass., has encountered not just the expected hostility from House Republicans but doubts among Democrats as well. Changes are likely, and Waxman, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, moved to delay panel consideration this week. The full House seems certain to pass a version in the end, but its chances in the Senate are then much in doubt. The core of the House bill is a cap-and-trade system. The basic idea is to issue permits for emissions, with the total capped at a level that comes down over time. Holders of the permits can sell them. The owner will sell if the market value of the permit is greater than its worth to him. The result is that emissions ...
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    18. Block your calendars for some Microsoft Green IT tip sessions

      Got a few hours to kill in "learning mode"? Microsoft is getting set to run a series of Green IT education TechNet Web seminars starting May 1, 2009. The first event, "Transforming the Data Center with Energy" (scheduled for May 1 at 11 a.m. Pacific time) will feature from-the-trenches lessons about how the software company has embraced energy-efficiency practices in its own data centers. Here's ...
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    19. Being Green Is Still in Fashion Says Survey

      Being Green Is Still in Fashion Says Survey
      A new research report suggests that despite the lean times being faced by companies globally, green IT continues to be taken seriously by them and especially by their employees. According to Kenexa's Research Institute's (KRI) Green Business Study employees in India reported the most frequent positive responses (85%) to the question of whether their organization had green/environmentally friendly business practices. In comparison, only 6 of 10 organizations in the U.S. whose workers responded to the question were in agreement. The findings demonstrate that, even in a time of fairly substantial economic challenges for most organizations, many are still practicing green or eco-friendly efforts. The survey asked how workers felt about their organization's green and sustainable business practices. The survey was conducted across Canada, France, Germany, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States
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      Mentions: United Kingdom
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