1. Articles in category: Emissions

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    1. Business backs 20% emissions cut target

      Business backs 20% emissions cut target
      The New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development has advised the Government to set a unilateral target to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020. The business leadership group, which includes some of the country's largest enterprises, says the country should also consider a possible reduction of 30% or more - if international climate change treaty talks adopt proposals which put our trade-exposed industries on a fairer footing.
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    2. At&t Led Signage Reduces Carbon Emissions, Saves Energy

      At&t Led Signage Reduces Carbon Emissions, Saves Energy
      Looking to replace outdated signage on more than 6,500 AT&T office buildings and retail locations, AT&T chose to retrofit its 7,000 channel letter signs with a LED lighting system that significantly reduces its energy use and carbon emissions. The benefit: A savings of more than 5.8-million kilowatt hours of electricity a year and a reduction of 3,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. AT&T said this is the equivalent of planting more than 950 acres of trees. AT&T’s lighting retrofit included the installation of 2.6 million LEDs from Lumination, GE Consumer & Industrial’s LED business. The GE Tetra LEDs replaced both high-voltage, high-maintenance neon and less-efficient linear fluorescent lighting, which typically performs less favorably than LEDs in cold climates, according to the company.
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    3. CBI response to plans to electrify railways

      CBI response to plans to electrify railways
      The CBI today commented on the government’s plans for the electrification of the rail route from London to Swansea. Dr Neil Bentley, CBI Director of Business Environment, said: “With transport accounting for nearly a quarter of emissions in the UK, the electrification of the rail network is a positive step towards decarbonising our whole public transport network. We need to change the way we move ourselves and freight around the country to reduce emissions. “Electrification of the railways will increase future demand on electricity generation, so we must speed up investment in a balanced mix of low-carbon energy sources.
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    4. Emerson Looks to a Solar Future

      Emerson Looks to a Solar Future
      Perched atop Emerson’s new data center is a 100-kilowatt solar panel array, which is visible across the company’s corporate campus in St. Louis. That’s one of the reasons for its high-profile location. “You can see this array from around the campus,” said Keith Gislason, an IT strategic planner for Emerson who directed the project. “It’s about the message, too.” Solar power has had difficulty gaining traction in the data center industry due to cost and capacity challenges. But Emerson took a forward-looking approach for its $50 million facility, and sought to craft a design that could demonstrate the potential for solar in the data center. Steve Hassell, Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Emerson, calls the St. Louis solar array ”an aspirational project.”
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    5. Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative

      Samsung Launches Eco-Management Initiative
      Samsung Electronics has announced a new green management initiative that details a comprehensive set of goals by 2013 that includes the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from manufacturing and products, the development of eco-friendly products, financial investment in eco-management initiatives, and enhanced green partnerships with suppliers and partners. Samsung’s “Eco-Management 2013″ plan centers on four core green management objectives: reducing greenhouse gas emissions normalized by sales at manufacturing facilities by 50 percent and cutting total indirect greenhouse gas emissions from all products by 84 million tons over a five year period through 2013;
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    6. Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting

      Software Solutions Ease Sustainability Management and Reporting
      As more companies face the daunting task of reporting on a variety of environmental performance criteria, they will be getting a helping hand thanks to a host of new sustainability software offerings. These are primarily web-based tools that can help businesses manage, analyze and report on their carbon footprints from measuring energy consumption to calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to meet growing demand from governments, global financial markets and consumers for full disclosure of their environmental footprint.
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    7. Green IT: How Real Is ROI?

      Green IT: How Real Is ROI?
      Green IT puts companies in a dilemma. The rhetoric of cutting carbon footprint and being socially responsible corporate citizens is tempting. Given the media, government and vendor focus on the issue, and the urgency of the problems associated with environment, awareness is at an all time high. But Green IT comes at a cost and is more expensive than products of other hues. There is a premium to be paid for additional effort that goes into designing and manufacturing green products, for example power efficient batteries, that do offer value for money by delivering higher efficiencies.
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    8. Cloud Computing Highlighted as an Emissions-Reduction Strategy

      Cloud Computing Highlighted as an Emissions-Reduction Strategy
      Companies using outsourced data centers can save thousands of dollars per year in energy costs, as well as make significant cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a recent study. Based on the energy savings earned by customers of NetSuite, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) company based in San Mateo, Calif., companies can save an average of $10,000 a year by outsourcing their computing needs to highly efficient and optimized third parties.
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    9. The Data Bunker Boomlet

      The Data Bunker Boomlet
      The expansion by The Bunker reflects the growing niche for underground “nuke-proof” data storage facilities housed in former military facilities, mines or limestone caves. These subterranean fortresses have strong appeal for tenants seeking ultra-secure hosting that will survive any eventuality - including a nuclear blast. This trend has given new life to aging military bunkers in the US, UK and Canada. Although security is usually the primary motivation for customers, underground facilities offer advantages to the data center operator. Chief among them is cooling, as these subterranean facilities typically have a natural temperature of 60 degrees or lower.
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    10. Xcel Energy Launches Incentives for IT Managers to Go Green

      Xcel Energy Launches Incentives for IT Managers to Go Green
      Xcel Energy is hoping to lighten the load on its grid by encouraging IT managers to implement energy efficiency programs. The company's new Data Center Efficiency program, currently available in Minnesota and Colorado, will offer significant incentives to cutting the energy drawn by servers, storage and cooling. Xcel will pay for up to 75 percent of the cost of a company's data center energy efficiency study, and will refund up to $400 per kilowatt saved by the data center energy efficiency projects implemented by a firm.
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    11. Iceland debates its energy future by Doug Mohney

      Iceland debates its energy future by Doug Mohney
      For a country with lots of cold and snow, Iceland has plenty of geothermal and hydro power.  How it uses those resources is the subject of debate between politicians and environmentalists recently outlined in a New York Times piece. About 80 percent of Iceland's electricity goes to heavy industry and mainly to the country's three big aluminum plants, says Iceland environment minister Svandis Svavarsdottir. The country embarked upon building up aluminum processing to diversify Iceland's economy away from fishing, but environmentalists are concerned that work has started to add one new plant in the southwest, with Alcoa planning to add a new smelter in north Iceland in the future.
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    12. £1.6-billion Scots Data Farm Highlights Sustainability Potential

      £1.6-billion Scots Data Farm Highlights Sustainability Potential
      The proposal to build a massive data centre in Scotland will pave the way for mainstream adoption of the sustainable technologies it will showcase A massive, $1.6 billion (£988 million) next-generation data centre in Scotland will help develop more energy and cost-efficient data centre management practices, it has been suggested today. The proposed, new initial 125-acre centre to be built at Ecclefechan in Dumfries and Galloway by APC of Schneider Electric and Internet Villages International (IVI), and referred to as 'Alba 1,' will be so big it is being called a 'data farm' project. Alba 1 will host multiple, large warehouses of server and networking hardware, providing UK, pan-European and worldwide data connectivity in what could be the first in a series of such farms that could reduce the need for end-using organisations to own their own IT infrastructure and signpost the future of data centre operations.
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    13. Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?

      Greening the Internet: How much CO2 does this article produce?
      Twenty milligrams; that's the average amount of carbon emissions generated from the time it took you to read the first two words of this article. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. How green is your website? Calculating all the factors involved in a website can be tricky. Now, depending on how quickly you read, around 80, perhaps even 100 milligrams of C02 have been released. And in the several minutes it will take you to get to the end of this story, the number of milligrams of greenhouse gas emitted could be several thousand, if not more. This may not seem like a lot: "But in aggregate, if you consider all the people visiting a web site and then all the seconds that each of them spends on it, it turns out to be a large number," says Dr ...
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    14. UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?

      UPS Discusses CO2 Emission Transparency as part of Logistics Supply Chain, Is Information Delivery Next?
      ATLANTA—UPS said today it plans to reduce its airline carbon emissions by an additional 20 percent from 2005 to 2020, which would be a cumulative reduction of 42 percent since 1990. This objective was disclosed in its annual UPS Sustainability Report, which noted that UPS Airlines has a firm position as an industry leader in fuel efficiency in the package delivery sector, with an efficiency factor of 1.42 CO2 pounds per available ton mile—and a goal to reduce that factor to 1.24 CO2 pounds per available ton mile by 2020. Distribution is a key point of eCommerce sites like eBay and Amazon. McIntire added that UPS also wants to be a reliable supply chain partner for shippers, which is why it now has transparency in its CO2 emissions reporting [Scope 1, 2, and 3] and emissions-reduction goals.”
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    15. Exploiting the dogfood factor in corporate sustainability strategy

      Exploiting the dogfood factor in corporate sustainability strategy
      On paper, at least, it sometimes seems like big technology companies have a built-in edge over other organizations in getting with the green IT program. Of course, I deal with technology companies for a living, so that’s just what I know the best. Take IBM, which released its latest report on corporate social responsibility earlier this week. I won’t regurgitate every single piece of that update, but I do what want to key in on is a couple of things that IBM has been doing that its seems to me every business should be striving to emulate. The first is really focusing on how your own products and services can help achieve your sustainability goals and the second is looking to your business partners to play a role. I call this the “dogfood factor.”
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    16. Governments May Mandate Green Energy

      Governments May Mandate Green Energy
      The need to formulate green policies for business and possibly compliance purposes, is starting to sink in among executives. A survey last month of senior data center executives from across Europe conducted by Campos Research for Digital Reality Trust, a wholesale database provider, found that nearly 70 percent were "extremely" or "very concerned" with the potential impact of green regulations on data centers, 60 percent now have green datacenter strategies in place and 55 percent would reject a provider with no green strategy. Rodney Nelsestuen, senior research director at TowerGroup, and Inci Kaya, an analyst, concur that formalized green policies are coming at companies, and they will soon shape request for proposals (RFP) when companies vet potential outsourcers and other suppliers such as data center providers. "Eventually sustainability policies will be published and audited just like the financials," says Kaya. Steve Haas, principal for financial services at the Everest Group ...
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    17. Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson

      Finding the right incentives by Carol Wilson
      If you want to guarantee a flood of angry email responses, write something that appears to endorse the energy bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. I did, and the stream of vitriol that followed was stunning. “Idiot” was the kindest remark and “You are absolutely batty” the most succinct. When I could get past the nasty comments, the thinking fell along a few lines: First, that global warming is a myth perpetrated by Al Gore and others; second, implementing cap and trade measures for U.S. businesses will jettison our economy and cost jobs; and three, if India and China aren’t going to do this, why should the U.S.?
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    18. How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals

      How Raytheon's IT Department Helps Meet Green Goals
      Corporate sustainability programs that address efficiencies throughout an organization will make the greatest impact over time. Following that premise, Raytheon's sustainability initiative involves a green IT strategy as one of several ways the company is reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts. The company has realized its initial greenhouse gas reduction goal, with Raytheon IT delivering measurable environmental and operational improvements as part of the enterprisewide effort. The Situation: Approximately 90 percent of Raytheon's greenhouse gas emissions come from energy consumption. As a charter member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Leaders program, Raytheon committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent per dollar of revenue between 2002 and 2009. The company exceeded its goal by realizing a 38 percent cut by 2008. Raytheon's green IT strategy focused initially on the company's data centers, where space and power constraints ...
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    19. LEED No Longer Stops at Construction: Version 3 Checks Up on ...

      LEED No Longer Stops at Construction: Version 3 Checks Up on ...
      Green buildings have to operate efficiently to be truly “green,” and the U.S. Green Building Council is about to begin enforcing that simple rule. The USGBC has had a busy week, announcing a couple of major changes to its Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design (LEED) rating system. First, it announced that as part of LEED v3, the latest version of the rating system, “buildings seeking LEED certification will begin submitting operational performance data on a recurring basis as a precondition to certification.” The change gets at what has long been the primary complaint about LEED: That it stops once the building is built.
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    20. 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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    21. 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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    22. 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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    23. 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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