1. Articles in category: Carbon Footprint

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    1. UK Climate Change Computer Cited as Polluter

      UK Climate Change Computer Cited as Polluter
      In one of the most vivid examples yet of the ”headline risk” posed by IT energy usage, the UK Meteorological Office has been cited as one of the country’s worst polluters - primarily because of its use of a powerful IBM supercomputer used to predict climate change. The Met Office’s headquarters building in Devon came in 103rd in a list of 28,259 public buildings responsible for the highest carbon footprint in the UK. While the agency was not near the top of the list, the alignment of a poor carbon profile with technology designed to track climate change has captured the imagination of the British press, prompting coverage by the BBC, The Guardian, Daily Mail and The Sun.
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      Mentions: IBM
    2. Carbon Disclosure Demands on the Rise: Is Your Organization Ready?

      Carbon Disclosure Demands on the Rise: Is Your Organization Ready?
      Home Depot battled negative headlines in May when shareholders voted down a resolution to enforce more rigid and transparent energy efficiency measures. The resolution proposed that the organization assess company-wide energy use from its buildings, transportation and supply chain. It also urged Home Depot to set energy use reduction targets and report findings and progress to shareholders. While the measure did not pass, it received support from the $20 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust, the advisory firm RiskMetrics Group (RMG), and other investors in the $7 trillion Investor Network on Climate Risk (INCR).
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    3. Why IT Pros Will Become Chief Green Officers

      Why IT Pros Will Become Chief Green Officers
      The next big corporate "C"-level job will be the Chief Green Officer (CGO). And if IT staff plays their cards right, they'll walk right into that high-paying, high-visibility, high-payoff job. Here's why. Greening an enterprise requires far more than a background in energy, engineering, or the environment. It's all about data, and the people who know best how to manage that data will become CGOs. Greening an enterprise requires that someone measure initial energy use and carbon footprint at a granular level, constantly monitor that use, put a plan into effect for reducing the carbon footprint, and then continue to monitor, measure, and refine the plan. Who in an enterprise is best suited to perform this kind of monitoring and planning? IT folks. They do it every day as part of their jobs.
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    4. 100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century

      100 not out as Carbon Trust Standard reaches a low carbon century
      One year from its launch, the Carbon Trust Standard Company has certified financial services group HSBC as its 100th achiever. Over the last 12 months, the 100 Carbon Trust Standard recipients have cut their emissions by over 600,000 tonnes of carbon and saved over £50 million. The Carbon Trust Standard is a mark of excellence awarded to organisations for measuring, managing and reducing carbon emissions over time. As the 100th company to achieve the certification, HSBC follows in the footsteps of big brands such as Asda, Tesco, O2, Eurotunnel and Eversheds.
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      Mentions: Europe Carbon Trust
    5. Cut to the Quick of IT Power Recommendations

      Cut to the Quick of IT Power Recommendations
      Feeling deluged with information and options to decrease power costs and increase energy efficiency? This online event enables you to quiz industry experts from your desktop. In recent months, IT and business professionals have been flooded with advice on how to drive down power costs, impulse energy efficiencies and save cost in the light of the latest innovations and technologies available on the market. We all know now that by reducing computers and monitors to a low-power state during periods of limited use, and virtualising desktops and servers, companies can dramatically reduce energy costs and carbon footprints. But what’s really the best way to go about doing it?
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    6. Global deal needs 'strong' 2020 targets: UN climate chief

      Global deal needs 'strong' 2020 targets: UN climate chief
      The global climate treaty slated for completion by year's end will be crippled without "strong commitments" from rich nations on slashing CO2 emissions by 2020, the UN's top climate official said Thursday. The absence of such commitments "would defeat the whole purpose of the Copenhagen agreement," Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) told AFP in an phone interview. Disagreement over how deep those cuts should be remain one of the most serious sticking points in the troubled talks, and has opened a deep rift between developed and developing nations.
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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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
    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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
    18. 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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    19. '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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    20. 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
    21. 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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