1. Articles in category: Carbon Reduction Commitment

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    1. Portugal vs. Germany vs. Ohio in Green

      The future is Portugal, the headaches are in Cleveland. Roughly a week or so ago Portugal, a country of 10.8 million people (2015 count), ran for 107 hours on all renewable sources. I suppose that made all the data centers in the country "green" by some set of metrics. Germany nearly went all-renewable on Sunday, May 15. Meanwhile, politicians in Ohio ideologically squabbled over renewable energy standards and efficiency mandates.

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    2. Local Green Policies Continue to Win Over National Mandates

      At first glance, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling ordering a regulatory stay against Environment Protection Agency (EPA) regulation imposing major cuts in greenhouse gases was a big blow to cutting carbon emissions. When national policy was derailed, governors in 17 states decided to move on their own. The key battleground for changing energy types continues to be at the local and state level these days and may continue past 2016, regardless of who wins the White House.

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    3. Worse Times for Fossil Fuels

      Fossil fuels are taking a big punch this month. Oil is under $30 dollars a barrel and nobody really knows how low it will go before it bottoms out and starts coming back. Coal got rolled over in President Obama's State of the Union speech, with hints of putting money into moving communities off the fuel and into renewable energy. Combine with the hold on leases for coal and gas rights on federal lands, and it is tough times all around.

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    4. Digital Realty Facility Earns Epa's Energy Star® Certification

      Digital Realty Facility Earns Epa's Energy Star® Certification

      "Improving the energy efficiency of our nation's buildings is critical to ... Digital Realty's Lithia Springs data center currently employs several energy management best practices, including but not limited to: modulating electronically commutated ...

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    5. Slow Down or Speed Up Energy Improvement Projects?

      Slow Down or Speed Up Energy Improvement Projects?

      Earlier this week, Peter Judge cited the Paris Climate Accord agreement as a mix of progress and grandstanding. Closer to your data center, two macro factors will likely affect any plans you have in the works for renewable and energy efficiency upgrades in the next six to twelve months. My advice for U.S. operators is...

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    6. Thanks, World Leaders. Now The Real Work Starts

      The agreement signed at the Paris Climate Summit is a historic one. It’s better than we might have hoped. But the process at the summit was a disappointing mess of grandstanding and arguments at cross purposes.

      But let’s not believe all the hype. Our politicians spent two weeks at each other’s’ throats, before crafting a crowd-pleasing declaration

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      Mentions: Peter Judge
    7. Ivanpah Solar Highlights the Difficulty of Providing 100 Percent Renewable Energy

      On the surface, the Ivanpah solar power plant sounds like an environmentalist’s dream; using the sun and hot water to generate environmentally safe, effectively limitless, renewable energy. In fact, the pitch was so effective the project received a highlighted mention from President Obama before getting $1.6 billion in loan guarantees from the federal government and $600 million in annual tax abatement.

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      Mentions: Barack Obama
    8. More Energy R&D, Venture Money Coming as the Climate Clock Goes Up

      Two (2) degrees Celsius is the magic number this week, the amount of temperature warming that needs to be prevented in order to avoid major climate changes. Major governments and private billionaires pledged to spend more money this week to find technology solutions to carbon emissions, but will it be a matter of too little too late? Or just in the nick of time?

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    9. Worldwide Climate Policies Adding Up To Two Steps Forward, One Back

      Awareness of the local, regional, and national political landscape is necessary for any data center operator, but nobody can know what the future will bring with exact certainty. For example, if I told you five years ago that the price of oil at the end of 2015 would be around $40 a barrel -- not $140, but $40 -- you would have laughed at me. Recent policy changes in Alberta, Canada, New York State, and Great Britain are examples of how local climate policies are constantly shifting, sometimes for the worse.

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    10. Colos in the UK celebrate new climate change agreement

      Colos in the UK celebrate new climate change agreement

      UK colocation operators celebrated their first day of being recognized by the government as an ‘industry’ as a new Climate Change Agreement (CCA) designed specifically for data centers came into effect yesterday. Numerous industry players lobbied to be recognized as an ‘energy intense’ industry under the government scheme, which has been running for about 50 other sectors since 2001.

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      Mentions: CRC
    11. Update: Mixed messages in CRC league table highlight schemes 'failings'

      Update: Mixed messages in CRC league table highlight schemes 'failings'

      The final Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Performance League Table (PLT) has highlighted some of the legislations failings and raised concerns over data accuracy issues. Related articles Manchester United loses premier position in CRC league table Royal College of Music on track towards carbon reduction target Michelin cuts Irish energy bill with Ecotricity wind park David Lloyd Leisure raises the bar in energy saving Center Parcs engages employees in energy efficiency Following a five month delay, the CRC PLT, published today by the Environment Agency, ranks almost 3,000 organisations on their energy efficiency performance for the year 2011/12. Last year's table was the first, and this year's, the second, will be the last, after the Government announced its abolition in last year's Autumn Statement as part of a 'simplification' of the CRC scheme.

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    12. The Uk Crc Scheme And The Data Center Industry

      Recently, the US energy policy has seen a movement away from the idea of green energy towards a more grounded idea of producing shale oil and shale gas. This is with the view to cut costs of production and bring back manufacturing into USA. Britain is also showing similar policies – all of which is important for the data center industry since it is hugely dependent on energy policy decisions. 

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    13. Why Data Centre Emissions Need To Be Counted Separately

      Why Data Centre Emissions Need To Be Counted Separately

      The government’s promise to be the “greenest government ever” is in tatters, but those tatters still include a green energy tax, the CRC - which is on life support but still exists. CRC, in its final form, amounts to an extra charge on energy use by organisations above a certain size. The idea is to encourage businesses to operate more efficiently and cut their energy use – thereby cutting the country’s emissions. But data centres are fighting the idea, saying it will make them less competitive than other countries.

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      Mentions: Peter Judge CRC
    14. CRC 'stealth tax' damaging attempts to cut carbon

      CRC 'stealth tax' damaging attempts to cut carbon

      New research being presented to Parliament today (May 17) indicates that attempts to encourage some of the UK's largest organisations to cut carbon have been hit by a change in government policy. 


      A Global Action Plan study carried out among 108 organisations affected by the carbon reduction commitment (CRC) indicates this change in policy has had a detrimental impact on encouraging them to save carbon. 

      The research revealed that 41% of respondents felt the CRC placed a high administrative burden on them with 42% stating that it had caused resources to be moved away from other sustainability initiatives. 

      The performance league table which was meant to drive change has also had little impact with 80% of respondents not changing their approach in response to the publication of the first league table. 

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    15. Debunking the Carbon Reduction Myth

      Debunking the Carbon Reduction Myth

      It should come as no surprise that reducing energy consumption is currently at the forefront of corporate agendas. Whether you’re a start-up or a multi-national corporation, you’re faced with rising economic pressures to cut your costs and increasingly-stringent environmental regulations that demand the reduction of your carbon footprint. Companies are literally being squeezed from both sides, all while our dependency on technology continues to intensify, with fast-growing “big” volumes of data being produced that need to be transmitted and stored. Organisations need to find some way to reconcile their growing reliance on power-hungry technology with the market, and regulatory forces that are making it more and more expensive and “socially awkward” to be a high-power user.

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    16. DECC Hopes To Slash Cost Of CRC Carbon Tax By 60 Percent

      DECC Hopes To Slash Cost Of CRC Carbon Tax By 60 Percent

      The CRC carbon tax, which the IT industry fears will increase data centre costs, is to be simplified once again, according to proposals published yesterday which are open to consultation till June. The CRC was put under notice by the Chancellor in his budget speech as too expensive. The Department’s proposals hope to save the tax by cutting the administrative cost by around two-thirds. The CRC imposes a tax on energy use, and rates organisations in a league table of efficiency, as a way to push companies to reduce their greenhouse emissions. Criticised for its complexity, simplification of the CRC has been on the cards for some time and last week’s budget started speculation the tax might be abolished.

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    17. Budget 2012: Goodbye To the CRC Green Tax?

      Budget 2012: Goodbye To the CRC Green Tax?

      In the last few years, the main tech news story in the annual budget has been the question, how much will the Chancellor do for broadband? As usual, this year’s answer seems to be – for those who see Internet access as this country’s best hope for the future at least – not enough.

      But alongside Osborne’s re-announcement of super-connected tech cities (with the list filled out by a few more names), the Budget included a big hint of a major change that will affect large parts of the IT industry. In amongst the tax-cuts and the changed thresholds, George Osborne dropped a big hint that he could do away with the controversial CRC green tax.

      End of the green line?

      “The Carbon Reduction Commitment is cumbersome, bureaucratic and imposes unnecessary costs on business,” Osborne said.

      That’s a pretty unambiguous statement. Anything that gets damned that way by ...

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    18. CRC Scheme Triggers Rise In Data Centre Energy Management

      CRC Scheme Triggers Rise In Data Centre Energy Management

      The government’s Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) legislation is apparently responsible for a rise in the use of energy management policies at UK data centres. So said a survey carried out by the organisers of the Data Centre World 2012 conference. It surveyed 6,000 IT decision makers who operate or plan to operate a data centre, as well as third party data centre operators. The researchers found that almost three-quarters (71 percent) of data centres in the UK now have energy management policies in place. CRC Driver The CRC energy efficiency scheme came into force in 2010, and the research showed that at the time the number of data centre operators adopting energy management policies leapt 300 percent when compared to the rate of adoption for each of the previous three years.

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    19. UK government releases first CRC league table

      UK government releases first CRC league table
      It may no longer apply to carbon credits but the first UK Government CRC energy Efficiency Scheme league table, released yesterday, still has its critics. The biggest accusation has been it does not provide a true indication of how a company’s energy efficiency measures – the table only measures actions taken over the last year, and some have said it penalizes data centers that were designed to be efficient built before this period. In July, DCD blogger Ian Bitterlin, CTO for Ark Continuity, said he thought the league table would fail to drive incentive given there is no longer any monetary value beyond goodwill attached the table (read Bitterlin’s blog post here)
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    20. Organisations given the opportunity to amend inaccurate reports for the Government's CRC scheme with a re-submission deadline extension

      Organisations given the opportunity to amend inaccurate reports for the Government's CRC scheme with a re-submission deadline extension
      Landmark's Carbon Counter enables organisations to accurately comply with requirements without the extensive time and resource that the scheme can often incur Organisations which submitted CRC reports in advance of the initial 29th July 2012 deadline have been given until 27th September 2012 to check for inaccuracies and re-submit reports to ensure that any significant known errors or omissions can be corrected Landmark's Carbon Counter software tool provides a safe and accurate repository for data and reduces time and costs associated with recording and reporting to help ensure adherence to CRC deadlines Companies can take advantage of a 1 week free trial of Carbon Counter to help manage their CRC requirements Following the news that organisations which submitted their footprint and annual reports to the Environment Agency as part of the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) ahead of the 29th July 2012 deadline are being given the opportunity to ...
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    21. Most Firms Comply With Carbon Reporting Deadline

      Most Firms Comply With Carbon Reporting Deadline
      More than 90 percent of firms have met the first reporting deadline for the Carbon Reduction Commitment The controversial Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme’s first reporting deadline has been met by 95 percent of companies, according to figures released yesterday. Of the 4,549 organisations obliged to provide detailed information on their carbon footprint, 4,295 filed their reports before last month’s deadline, the Environment Agency said. This accounts for more than 60 million tonnes of carbon emissions and more than 10 percent of the UK’s total carbon footprint. By charging firms £12 per tonne of CO2 emitted, the scheme is designed to give companies an incentive to reduce their energy consumption. However, it is widely regarded as a stealth tax since the government scrapped the original proposal to recycle the money raised back into the system just weeks after companies signed up.
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