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    1. Ice Energy, Data Aire Team Up for Data Center Cooling

      Ice Energy, Data Aire Team Up for Data Center Cooling
      Ice Energy, the makers of air conditioning units that make ice at night when power is cheap and then use it for cooling on hot afternoons when power is most expensive, is getting into the data center cooling market with data center air conditioning company Data Aire. The two companies announced their partnership Monday, calling it a safe and cost-effective way for data centers to tackle peak cooling power loads. That could be a selling point for data center operators that want to earn some extra money by signing on to utility demand response programs. Those programs ask customers to cut down on power use during peak load times, something data centers would likely be loath to do. Ice Energy has been aiming its air conditioning systems toward commercial clients. Energy efficient AC systems are supported by incentives from California utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric Co ...
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    2. Carbon software company claims broad patent

      Carbon software company claims broad patent
      Verisae, a small Minnesota-based company, has received a patent for a system to track and report greenhouse gas emissions with software, a business attracting a growing field of companies. The company on Wednesday said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to Verisae for a method for calculating a corporation's emissions. The patent, filed in May of 2007, describes a business process for gathering corporate emissions data, generating reports, and managing carbon credits. Verisae is already offering hosted carbon accounting software focused primarily on retail companies, basing its tracking and reporting on the protocols established by the nonprofit Climate Registry, which sets guidelines for emissions reporting. "This is a shot across the bow to others building this stuff," said Verisae product manager Daniel Stouffer. "This is a big story for those venture capital companies which might be spending money with firms that might be building ...
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    3. HP Has First Energy Star Servers

      HP Has First Energy Star Servers
      HP has become the first company to have its servers earn the Energy Star Seal. The EPA launched the Energy Star for Enterprise Servers program on May 15 after two years of development. The program just published its first list of servers that qualified for Energy star as of June 1, which features four HP Proliant servers, including the DL360 G6 1U model and three configurations of the 2U DL360 G6. The Energy Star effort hopes to offer buyers an independent “apples to apples” method for comparing the energy efficiency of servers from major vendor. For companies with large server farms, energy efficiency improvements at the server level can add up to large gains across a data center, as noted this week by Ken Brill of The Uptime Institue in his column for Forbes. Brill noted the impact of saving 50 watts in energy consumtpion per server. “Fifty watts may ...
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    4. A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

      A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009
      On May 21, following months of work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a 946-page piece of climate legislation. There have been mixed reactions from environmental and climate groups, but most groups are in agreement that it needs to be strengthened going forward. For some groups the problems they see with the bill have led to their public withdrawal of support. These groups include Greenpeace USA and Friends of the Earth. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network also does not support the bill in current form. Below is a summary analysis of the main features of the bill. -Cap and Trade System: The bill would establish a “cap-and-trade” system which sets mandatory and declining limits on greenhouse gas emissions over the next 40 years. By 2050 it projects reductions of 83% from 2005 levels for the United States. It does this ...
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    5. Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon

      Calculating The True Cost Of Carbon
      U.S. firms produce from $60 billion to $80 billion worth of carbon annually but don't pay for it. What the carbon market could mean to investors. It is light as air, yet it weighs tons. It is vital to life, but it is considered an accelerant in the world's ongoing environmental tragedy. It costs nothing to make, yet paying for it will equal tens of billions of dollars a year. What is it? It is carbon, and its potential expense could one day make us all nostalgic for the halcyon days of subprime loans. Estimated costs for carbon vary, but no matter who does the math they loom large. Anant Sundaram, professor at Dartmouth University's Tuck business school, teaches a course called "Business and Climate Change" and gives a ballpark figure for carbon's financial impact on the Standard & Poor's 500. With an average price ...
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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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    21. 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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