1. Articles in category: Carbon Footprint

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    1. Epeat Registry Goes Global

      Epeat Registry Goes Global
      A registry that rates computer desktops, laptops and monitors by their energy efficiency and other environmental measures now has been synchronized with the equipment that is actually available for purchase in 40 nations. Previously, users of the EPEAT registry might have identified a computer they wanted to purchase, only to find it unavailable in their country. EPEAT stands for Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool.
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    2. Looking beyond the Kyoto Treaty by carol wilson

      Looking beyond the Kyoto Treaty by carol wilson
      Many within the environmental movement hoped Barack Obama’s election to the White House would mean U.S. ratification of the Kyoto Accord, the U.N. climate treaty that seeks to limit the carbon emissions thought to cause global warming. What President Obama has done instead is establish the U.S. as a leader in negotiating the next version of Kyoto, which expires in 2012.
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    3. The new green data center: From energy avoidance to energy efficiency

      The new green data center: From energy avoidance to energy efficiency
      In my research talking with IT pros around the world, I have found that only 10-15% of respondents say that their organizations have a green mandate or a carbon reduction focus. But if I ask those same people if they have a concern or requirement to boost productivity, reduce costs, address power, cooling, footprint along with technology disposition issues while facing growth and shrinking budget requirements and the responses jump into 55-75% range. This is an example of the “Green Gap” -- the perception that green is all about reducing carbon footprints. In fact, there many different facets to being green, a key one being that by addressing business issues or barriers, enabling efficiency and productivity with an optimized environment, the benefits are both economic and environmental.
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    4. New McKinsey Report: Green building is a crucial and urgent economic and environmental imperative

      New McKinsey Report: Green building is a crucial and urgent economic and environmental imperative
      Investing in the energy efficiency of buildings represents a powerful and strategic energy and climate solution that combined with other non-transportation initiatives could reduce the nation’s energy consumption by 23 percent by 2020, save the U.S. economy $1.2 trillion, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1.1 gigatons annually, according to a study released today by McKinsey & Company. “This confirms a critical path forward that we have long championed...."
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    5. OEMs Back VMware DPM

      OEMs Back VMware DPM
      VMware is supposed to say today that Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM and NEC will support its Distributed Power Management (DPM) to make their hardware more power-efficient. DPM, part of the VMware vSphere 4 platform, lowers power consumption in the data center by aggregating unused capacity and powering off unused servers without disrupting service levels, lowering energy consumption by as much as 20% on top of what’s possible with consolidation.
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      Mentions: Fujitsu IBM
    6. Green Recovery: Go Green Boldly to Build Momentum

      Green Recovery: Go Green Boldly to Build Momentum
      Andrew Winston's new book, Green Recovery, comes in a small, green package, but it packs a big, relevant punch. It is a must read for CEOs who still think going green will cost too much, and for mid-level and senior managers responsible for identifying strategic sustainability initiatives to focus on.Like his public speaking style, Winston's writing voice is personable, authentic and engaging. Building on his previous book Green to Gold and his sustainability consulting experience, he presents a clear, green recovery framework that outlines four key paths to a leaner, greener world:
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    7. Army Works to Cut Carbon ‘Bootprint’

      Army Works to Cut Carbon ‘Bootprint’
      The army is beginning to measure its carbon footprint, as part of a broader emphasis on the costs of climate change. An environmental, health and safety management system called Enviance, piloted at Fort Carson, is being rolled out to 11 more Army facilities around the country, including Fort Hood and Fort Benning, to help track their carbon “bootprint.” The Army has well over 100 installations in the United States. Tad Davis, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for environment, safety and occupational health, said it is expanding its focus to climate change issues beyond its traditional energy security.
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    8. Green Subsidies For SaaS

      Green Subsidies For SaaS
      The logic driving energy-efficiency programs could lead to subsidized purchases of SaaS software. Across the United States, utility companies run energy efficiency programs to encourage investments that will reduce energy usage. These programs support the purchase of solar power-generation technology, more efficient industrial equipment and many other types of investments. According to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency, about $4.5 billion is spent on such programs annually, and data centers--large consumers of power that run and cool servers--are increasingly becoming the focus.
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    9. Army Bases Adopt GHG Management System

      Army Bases Adopt GHG Management System
      A greenhouse gas reporting and management software system is being rolled out to an additional 11 bases, as part of the military’s general move to lessen its environmental impact. The Internet-based system, a product of Enviance, has been in place at Fort Carson in Colorado since June of 2008. Now it is being adopted at 11 [...]
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    10. 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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    11. Canada's First Large-scale Green Data Center Opens its Doors

      Canada's First Large-scale Green Data Center Opens its Doors
      RackForce Networks today officially opened the first phase of its new multimillion dollar state-of-the-art GigaCenter™ in the heart of British Columbia, Canada. Built to be among the greenest and most advanced data centers in the world, using a scalable and highly efficient modular design, the GigaCenter™ will support demanding next-generation IT systems to a worldwide customer base. Data centers in many areas around the world are powered by coal-fired or natural gas electrical generation plants, creating tremendous amounts of CO2 emissions as a bi-product of their power consumption. Tapping into British Columbia's abundant supply of clean hydroelectric power, the RackForce GigaCenter will produce less than 1/50th the carbon footprint compared to typical conventional data centers.
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      Mentions: Cisco IBM
    12. 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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    13. 'Indian enterprises embracing Green IT practices'

      'Indian enterprises embracing Green IT practices'
      Symantec Corp. today announced the India findings of its 2009 Green IT Report, a follow up to the Green Data Center report released in late 2007. According to survey data, senior-level IT executives in India report significant interest in green IT strategies and solutions, attributed to both cost reduction and environmental responsibility. The data points to a shift from implementing "green" technologies primarily for cost reduction purposes, to a more balanced awareness of also improving the organization's environmental standing. Enterprises in India have embarked on the drive to be environmentally conscious. Close to 60 percent of respondents from large enterprises in India state they are at least discussing or are in trial stages of a green IT strategy, while 39 percent are already in the process of implementing green IT initiatives.
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    14. 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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      Mentions: Gartner Google Yahoo
    15. Data Center Efficiencies Wait in the Wings

      Data Center Efficiencies Wait in the Wings
      For companies looking to slash their carbon footprint and gain energy efficiencies, the IT data center is a logical first choice.From re-evaluating the equipment in place to complete overhauls in server strategy, companies are looking to the IT department to take up the slack in an otherwise down economy. Here are some areas to find savings within data centers. Hardware reassessment Taking a good, long look at a company’s actual needs, versus what kind of equipment is in place, can result in savings of 5-10 percent, according to research from Gartner Inc., reports SearchDataCenter.com. Unnecessary or obsolete equipment can be eliminated. Performing server “rationalization” can result in savings of $400 per server per year. Some of the newer chips are much more energy efficient and operate at higher tolerances for heat, allowing IT cold rooms to run a little warmer. Virtualization Using one server to run many ...
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    16. Developer pushes for data center in valley

      Developer pushes for data center in valley
      A Boston company wants to build a data center in the Menomonee Valley that developers say will use less energy, offer lower costs and help spur area economic growth. Source IT Energy LLC has been negotiating with land owners on two sides of We Energies' Menomonee Valley power plant near 10th and Canal streets, said Herb Zien, the company's Milwaukee-based senior vice president and chief development officer. It plans to sell or lease space to research organizations and businesses, Zien said. Once filled, the data center would have 48 units that would house up to 100,000 total servers, he said. The 75,000-square-foot "server farm" could be operating by the first quarter of 2011 if developers can get commitments to fill it by the end of August and don't run into delays for transformers, chillers and other heavy electrical equipment, Zien said. They have a "reasonable expectation ...
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    17. Geothermal Energy- A Two-way Proposition By Carol Wilson

      Geothermal Energy- A Two-way Proposition By Carol Wilson
      The quickest way for data center technology to gain credibility is for Google to adopt it. So when Google announced in 2008 that it was investing $10 million in three companies pursuing enhanced geothermal energy systems, interest in this form of powering data centers spiked. Geothermal technology is not new – it exists today even to heat and cool individual residences by using the relatively stable core temperature of the earth to regulate a home’s temperature. But geothermal powering at utility scale is a different animal.
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    18. EPA Announces Energy Star Homes Reach Nearly 17 Percent Market Share for 2008

      EPA Announces Energy Star Homes Reach Nearly 17 Percent Market Share for 2008
      The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that nearly 17 percent of all single-family homes built nationally in 2008 earned EPA’s Energy Star label, up from 12 percent in 2007. Both home builders and home buyers are continuing to invest in high performing homes that save consumers money on their utility bills and help protect the environment. “Every year more Americans decide to cut their energy bills and help keep the air clean in their communities by buying a new home that has earned EPA's Energy Star. Features like properly installed insulation, high-performance windows and high efficiency heating and cooling can reduce home energy needs by 20 to 30 percent, saving American families thousands of dollars on their utility bills," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.
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    19. Sony Reduces Approximately 100,000 Tons Worth of CO2 Emissions through Use of Renewable Energy in FY2008 - Sony Europe Achieves 100% Renewable Energy

      Sony Reduces Approximately 100,000 Tons Worth of CO2 Emissions through Use of Renewable Energy in FY2008 - Sony Europe Achieves 100% Renewable Energy
      Sony Corporation is continuously working to increase energy efficiency in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. As part of this effort, Sony is actively promoting the use of renewable energy. By implementing initiatives such as the Green Power Certification System and the introduction of solar power generation systems, Sony reduced its global CO2 emissions by approximately 100,000 tons in fiscal year 2008. Sony Europe has achieved independent certification that every facility with over 100 employees is powered by 100% renewable energy amounting to 190 million kWh or approximately 55,000 tons worth of CO2 emissions.
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    20. 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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    21. Parliamentary tech boss backs calls for gov't IT loans

      Parliamentary tech boss backs calls for gov't IT loans
      The leader of Parliament's IT committee has backed a consortium calling for a £1bn fund to stimulate investment in green tech and shared services. MP Andrew Miller, chairman of the Parliamentary Information Technology Committee (Pitcom), supported calls for the government to establish the fund, which would be used to loan money to central and local government organisations. The loans would be used by public sector bodies to invest in green technologies and would later be repaid using savings generated by the tech.
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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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