1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. The Environmentally Friendly Data Center

      The Environmentally Friendly Data Center
      The Environmentally Friendly Data CenterProcessor.com, NEThis is the second green data center for a university on which IBM has collaborated. Its first project with Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia, netted an estimated reduction of 230 tons of CO 2 per year. With energy being the elephant in the ...
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    19. Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market

      Green Building Retrofits Represent a Potential $400B Market
      Boosted in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide significant funding for renovations to federal building, the total potential market for major green renovations in the commercial building sector is approximately $400 billion, according to a new study by Pike Research. Although currently a relatively small market, the market researcher forecasts that [...]
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    20. British Property Federation launches carbon reduction commitment guide

      British Property Federation launches carbon reduction commitment guide
      The British Property Federation (BPF) has launched a guide on the carbon reduction commitment (CRC), a mandatory cap and trade scheme that could have significant costs for firms or public sector who fail to control their carbon emissions. The Government backed-guide has been produced by numerous bodies and is also supported by the country’s leading energy firms npower and Centrica. Ministers have said that the scheme will be "revenue neutral", meaning all funds will be recycled between the scheme’s participants depending on how they perform. But despite the fact that the scheme starts next April across the UK, research shows that the vast majority of firms are unprepared while many don’t know about it at all. Firms consuming more than 6000 megawatt hours of electricity in 2008 (around £500,000) will have to pay out an estimated £1.4bn for the allowances when they go on sale ...
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    21. UK Carbon Reduction Commitment

      UK Carbon Reduction Commitment
      Cap and Trade for large non-energy intensive organisations The business and public sectors generate over one third of UK CO2 emissions. The establishment of Climate Change Agreements and the EU ETS has created a real incentive for reductions within energy intensive industries. Now, a new cap and trade scheme will incentivise significant carbon abatement in other, non-energy intensive sectors, delivering bottom-line financial benefits. The new emissions trading scheme (called the Carbon Reduction Commitment or CRC) will cost-effectively deliver carbon emissions reduction and cost savings in the service sector, public sector and other less energy-intensive industries. The Government announced its decision to implement this new scheme in the Energy White Paper published in May 2007. It aims to reduce carbon emissions in large non-energy intensive organisations by 1.2 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020. The need to create an incentive for emissions reduction in this sector was originally ...
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    22. Energy Stars: Wall Street Firms’ Sustainable IT Efforts

      Energy Stars: Wall Street Firms’ Sustainable IT Efforts
      No Wall Street firm could declare its data center truly "green." After all, a fully loaded data center draws somewhere between 7 and 40 megawatts (millions of watts) of electricity, enough to power thousands of homes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the energy consumption of the nation's data centers will exceed 100 billion kilowatt hours by 2011, ringing up annual electricity costs of $7.4 billion. But some data centers hog less energy than others (see related article on Citi's LEED-certified facilities). And although most firms have ditched the unrealistic phrase "green IT" for the more practical (and perhaps deliberately vague) moniker "sustainable IT" -- sustainable in the sense of its impact on the environment and budgets -- they are achieving real efficiencies. Wall Street firms are deeply engaged in virtualization, consolidation and other energy-efficient initiatives; they're even shutting down entire data centers, turning off servers and desktops ...
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    23. Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade

      Conoco Phillips CEO on Oil, Cap-and-Trade
      With oil prices holding steady around $70 I sat down with Conoco Phillips CEO James Mulva to discuss commodities and what needs to be included in any cap-and-trade legislation. Mulva says the increase in crude prices are based on expectations of the economy stabilizing soon.”There are some indications, not only in our own country, but in the world that we are starting to work toward and that’s good, that gives confidence.” The company had to cut workers and put projects on hold in the face of the downturn, but he said they are in a long-term business and are prepared to get through economic cycles. “We continue to invest in the long-term, but it doesn’t really change our long term strategy.” We also hit on the proposed cap-and-trade legislation and the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act. Mulva said the Waxman bill favors some industries over ...
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