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    1. Climate-related Business Could Top $2 Trillion by 2020

      Climate-related Business Could Top $2 Trillion by 2020
      Global revenues from energy efficiency, renewables and other climate-related sectors could top $2 trillion by 2020, up from $530 billion last year, according to HSBC Global Research. The $530 billion last year was the result of 75 percent growth over 2007, according to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The 2008 figure has far exceeded the [...]
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    2. The Greenhouse Gas Dilemma

      The Greenhouse Gas Dilemma
      Do you need a software strategy for reporting and managing carbon emissions? The world of carbon management is most often discussed these days in terms of the pending Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade legislation, which will put steadily decreasing limits on carbon emissions and create a market for carbon credits. While most people expect that law to pass in some form in the next 12 months, a law is already on the books that requires reporting of the six greenhouse gases defined in the Kyoto Protocol. That law is the EPA's Mandatory Reporting Rule (MRR), which requires more than 13,200 businesses to report their carbon emissions by March 2011. Data collection for this reporting must begin in January 2010.
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    3. At U.n., A Warm-up To Copenhagen Climate Talks

      The United Nations Climate Conference in New York opened this morning with another round of now-familiar warnings about the price to be paid for inaction on controlling the release of carbon into Earth's atmosphere. "Now is the time to act against global warming," said Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. "History may not give us a better chance." President Barack Obama added that without a global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, "we risk consigning future generations to irreversible catastrophe." Despite the rhetoric, the biggest challenge in New York remains basic: figuring out who should foot the bill for a global reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Climate talks have long stalled as developed countries balk at levying expensive environmental regulations on their industry, which they fear would cause "carbon leakage," the movement of manufacturing and jobs to countries lacking environmental restrictions. Fears abound, too, that intellectual property rights will be violated ...
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    4. HP changes energy use/carbon emission reduction goals

      HP changes energy use/carbon emission reduction goals
      Technology giant HP announced on Monday that it had set new targets for reduction of energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by its products and as a result of company operations. It also reported on the progress of its environmental initiatives to date. The company had to overhaul its reduction goals for two reasons, said Pierre Delforge, HP’s corporate climate and energy strategies manager. One reason was that it was on the trajectory to meet the goals it had set earlier prematurely. The other was acquisition of the IT outsourcing firm EDS in 2008 – a deal that increased HP’s operations footprint by about 50 percent. As a result of the acquisition HP also separated reduction targets for its products from those for its operations. The goals used to be combined prior to the purchase. Between 2005 and 2008 the company reduced the combined energy use and greenhouse gas ...
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    5. eBay to Emit 15% Fewer GHGs by 2012

      eBay to Emit 15% Fewer GHGs by 2012
      E-commerce powerhouse eBay plans to reduce its 2012 greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent, when compared to its 2008 emissions. This news comes at the same time as eBay has donated some old servers to the University of Notre Dame, where the servers will assist in AIDS and cancer research. Heat generated by the Notre Dame servers [...]
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    6. One Simple Solution to UK Carbon Reduction Commitment

      One Simple Solution to UK Carbon Reduction Commitment
      This month the Environment Agency is distributing qualification packs to all UK electricity billing addresses with settled half hourly meters. The aim is to assess companies' energy consumption for 2008 and their potential for the Carbon Reduction Commitment scheme. One simple solution is to install a powerPerfector unit. Part of the government's legislation on climate change, the CRC will make excessive energy consumption a matter for compliance from April 2010. Carbon will no longer be a hidden cost to business but have a hard cost attached to it. Defra has said around 20,000 organisations may be affected by the scheme, and that failure to comply will result in penalties including monetary fines.
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    7. Should contraception qualify for climate funds?

      Should contraception qualify for climate funds?
      Contraception would be the cheapest and most effective way to reduce carbon emissions worldwide between 2010 and 2050, according to a study by the London School of Economics. The report, "Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost," (PDF) determined that if contraception was made widely available between 2010 and 2050 to women and men around the world who wished to use it, the reduction in unwanted births could result in saving 34 gigatonnes (one billion tonnes) of carbon emissions. That's roughly 60 years worth of U.K. emissions or 6 years worth of U.S. emissions. The cost for supplying, and distributing contraception over those 40 years would cost an estimated $220 billion, or $7 for each tonne of carbon emissions avoided. It's cheaper than the next most efficient low-carbon technology, wind power, which would cost $24 per tonne or $1 trillion to prevent the same amount (one billion ...
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    8. Fujitsu Advances Green Data Centre Strategy with Total CO2 and Value Analysis Solution

      Fujitsu Advances Green Data Centre Strategy with Total CO2 and Value Analysis Solution
      London, 16th Sep 2009 — Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe Limited announced today the launch of its latest Green Data Centre development at the European Technology Forum, hosted by Fujitsu Laboratories of Europe in London (16-17 September 2009). Fujitsu's Total CO2 and Value Analysis solution is the result of extensive research and development, in conjunction with the Carbon Trust in the UK, the company set up by the UK Government to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy. Based on a core simulator developed through industry collaboration and with the support of the Carbon Trust to analyse energy use and carbon emissions in data centres and identify potential reductions, Fujitsu Laboratories' new technology represents a revolutionary approach. It breaks new ground in enabling a holistic analysis of energy usage within a data centre environment to be captured, quantitatively analysed and profiled, from the physical infrastructure, to the software, applications and ...
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    9. IT essential for businesses' green success

      IT essential for businesses' green success
      perspective Life is tough for IT management. Not only does it have to juggle the conflicting demands of 'business as usual' but many managers are now expected to add a layer of environmental concern to their workload. Except, of course, it's not expressed this way. If it were, it would get scant attention. No, it's expressed in business terms: "We must slash our energy bills." "We must comply with new regulations." "Our customers must see us as a good company to do business with." The primary way in which IT can help improve an organization's environmental performance is by saving energy. This saves the company money and may allow it do to things it otherwise could not--for instance, extend that data center because now it has the necessary power.
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    10. Greenstone Debuts Tool to Audit IT Estates

      Greenstone Debuts Tool to Audit IT Estates
      Greenstone, a carbon solutions company, has announced the launch of Green IT, a new tool to accurately audit IT estates such as desktop computers, servers, peripherals and data center appliances. Using the data collected from this tool, companies can plan and strategically reduce their energy consumption and their carbon footprints. Green IT is an addition to the company’s Acco2unt carbon accounting suite which enables emissions measurement and management, reporting and tracking, as well as 'what if' scenario planning and ROI estimation.
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    11. data centers - more harmful to the environment than airlines by tate cantrell

      data centers - more harmful to the environment than airlines by tate cantrell
       It’s no secret that the airline industry has come under fire more than a few times in the last few years due to its notoriously negative impact on air pollution.  A simple Google search can reveal plenty of stats out there to support how much pollution airplanes put into the Earth’s atmosphere. There is a great video currently being featured on Green Data Center News that actually maps out the world's air traffic over a 24 hour period and shows just how astonishingly busy our skies are on a given day and the vast amount of gasoline it must take to fuel our friendly skies.
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    12. DOE to Fund $454M Energy Retrofit Program

      DOE to Fund $454M Energy Retrofit Program
      The Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a $450-million energy upgrade program that could save businesses and households $100 million annually in utility bills. Announced by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the Recovery Act’s “Retrofit Ramp-Up” program is expected to pioneer innovative models for rolling out energy efficiency to hundreds of thousands of homes and [...]
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    13. New computing centre will cut Microsoft's carbon footprint

      New computing centre will cut Microsoft's carbon footprint
      Iain Thomson in San Francisco, V3.co.uk, Tuesday 15 September 2009 at 01:55:00 Consolidating laboratories into a single data centre to save power Microsoft has built a new centre at its Redmond headquarters that it says will cut the company's carbon footprint by 12,000 metric tons per year. Dubbed Redmond Ridge 1, the centre will consolidate Microsoft's research laboratory servers from individual product groups with the corporate systems that process other corporate data. When Redmond Ridge comes online in April 2010 it will give major power efficiencies said Microsoft. “The opening of Redmond Ridge is a big milestone and represents a real transition point in the company’s culture,” said Rob Bernard, Microsoft’s chief environmental strategist. “This facility is a great example of how technology can help improve the energy efficiency of a company’s operations.” The building has been designed to be ...
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    14. Getting to a National Renewable Energy Standard

      Getting to a National Renewable Energy Standard
      Renewable energy executives are rolling up their sleeves for what promises to be a contentious battle this fall to gain Senate approval of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, including establishment of a mandatory national renewable energy standard (RPS). How difficult will the battle be? The House of Representatives passed the Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill by the slimmest of margins, with 219 votes in favor and 212 against. The House bill provides for 20 percent of the nation’s electricity supply to come from renewables by 2020, with energy efficiency improvements allowed to account for a quarter of this. Although a recent Washington-Post-ABC news poll shows fully 91 percent of survey respondents support expanded wind and solar generation, the bill reported out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) in July set the 2020 RPS at only15 percent. According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL ...
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    15. France Considers a Tax on Carbon Emissions

      France Considers a Tax on Carbon Emissions
      It's hard to imagine a new tax getting a bigger cheer from a political leader than the one unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy Sept. 10. The French President's radical plan to impose a carbon tax on homes and businesses, he said on a factory visit in eastern France, addresses the "question of survival of the human race." Slated for introduction next year, the levy marked the "first step," Sarkozy said, in "a fiscal revolution." As Europe wrestles with the challenges posed by climate change, France's new tax is unlikely to be the last. Governments in the E.U. and U.S. have tried other big levers in their efforts to choke harmful emissions in recent years. Large, industrial companies in Europe that pollute beyond acceptable levels have to pay up for the permission to do so, for instance; under plans approved by the House of Representatives in June ...
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    16. Ready For Regulation? Data Center Energy Use Will Likely Be Part Of Coming Federal ...

      Ready For Regulation? Data Center Energy Use Will Likely Be Part Of Coming Federal ...
      Enterprise data center managers must be up to speed on how climate policy legislation—notably the Waxman-Markey energy cap-and-trade bill now moving through Congress—will affect them so they can be ready with needed changes and adjustments. “Data center managers might not understand that once the legislation passes, in whichever form, they’ll be a significant contributor to carbon emissions and will fall under reporting requirements,” says Mike Manos, senior vice president of technical services at Digital Realty Trust, a data center solution and consulting firm (www.digitalrealtytrust.com). “I don’t think many data center managers see that coming or are aware of that.”
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    17. More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions

      More in Europe Look to Carbon Tax to Curb Emissions
      Economists have long seen a carbon tax as a good idea because of its simplicity: Polluters pay at a level that is set by decree. Lucas Dolega/European PressPhoto Agency Nicolas Sarkozy, left, with the French officials Laurence Rossignol, Harlem Desir, Jean Louis Borloo and Martine Aubry, was to unveil details of a carbon tax. But the idea never caught on widely in the United States or Europe, where governments jealously guard their autonomy on taxes. Industries lobbied for a market-based system called cap and trade instead, which they helped to design and from which some have profited handsomely. Now, with only modest progress so far in meeting goals set for greenhouse gas reduction, the carbon tax may be making a comeback.
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    18. Get Ready for Green IT 2.0

      Get Ready for Green IT 2.0
      By now, most IT pros are familiar with Green IT technologies such as virtualization, and more efficiently cooling data centers. But consultants say that a new wave of Green IT technologies are on the way --- call it Green IT 2.0. In Green IT 2.0, greening and energy savings related to technology will expand well beyond the data center, and beyond individual PCs. It goes even beyond networks. Green IT 2.0 goes to the very core of the way an enterprise operates --- it examines business processes and operations at every level of a company, and suggests ways to re-tool for energy saving and reducing carbon emissions.
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    19. Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs

      Green IT: Software for counting carbon and controlling costs
      Reports early in 2009 about the ICT sector's carbon dioxide emissions must have caused embarrassment to senior board members. In one case, it was suggested that a North American datacentre belonging to a major search engine might need as much power as all the homes in Newcastle, UK. So the rapid development by several ICT companies of a whole range of software with an environmental theme has come not a moment too soon.
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    20. London Selects Low-Carbon Zones

      London Selects Low-Carbon Zones
      The Mayor of London, England, has designated the first 10 “low-carbon” zones in the capital city that will receive more than £200,000 (approximately $327,700) to fund low-carbon projects that include the installation of rooftop solar panels, and electric car recharging stations, reports Envido. The low-carbon zones are expected to reduce carbon emissions by 20.12 percent [...]
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    21. To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen

      To make better biofuels, researchers add hydrogen
      Research on nuclear energy and hydrogen has yielded what backers say is a technology that could replace U.S. oil imports with biofuels made from agricultural by-products. Scientists at Idaho National Laboratory have been working for the past year and a half on a process to convert biomass, such straw or crop residue, into liquid fuels at a far higher efficiency than existing cellulosic ethanol technologies. A scarce resource for fuel? (Credit: Idaho National Laboratory) Rather than one single development, the technology--named bio-syntrolysis--ties together multiple processes, but it has electrolysis, or splitting water to make hydrogen, at is starting point. When combined with a carbon-free electricity source, the approach could deliver a carbon-neutral biofuel, according to models done at INL which has done research for decades in nuclear energy.
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    22. Green IT Efforts Save Symantec $2.1M in Energy Costs

      Green IT Efforts Save Symantec $2.1M in Energy Costs
      Symantec Corp., an infrastructure software provider, is achieving significant business cost and productivity benefits including a projected energy cost savings of $2.1 million thanks to its ongoing “green” IT efforts. The cost savings is attributed to hardware device reduction and related power consumption savings from August 2007 to December 2010. Symantec hired Alchemy Solutions Group to [...]
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    23. There's Energy in IP Communications

      There's Energy in IP Communications
      More than a decade ago, PAETEC (News - Alert) predicted the majority of telecom purchasing decisions would be made by CIOs within 10 years. That prediction has obviously come to fruition. So, when PAETEC CEO Arunas Chesonis (News - Alert) took the stage for his keynote at ITEXPO West in Los Angeles this afternoon to a crowd inspiring pop rhythm, looking to create energy in the crowd, one could only assume he was again looking to create a rift in the time-space continuum to make another bold prediction. Why? Because energy is the future of telecom, he believes. At least it’s the future of PAETEC. His prediction: Within another 10 years, the majority of energy purchasing decisions will be made by CIOs.
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