1. Articles in category: Carbon Footprint

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    1. Inside Microsoft's New 'Purpose-Built' Data Lab

      Inside Microsoft's New 'Purpose-Built' Data Lab
      What happens when you remove engineers from their test servers? For starters, you get some nervous engineers. But eventually, you can also greatly expand your computing capability and speed up the research process. That, at least, is the hope that lies behind Microsoft's new 57,000 square foot Redmond Ridge 1 computing facility, which opened in July and which I toured yesterday with a small group of reporters and Microsoft executives. (Full disclosure: Microsoft paid for my plane ticket to attend a daylong tour of the corporate campus and meet with other teams at the company.)
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      Mentions: LEED Microsoft Corp
    2. carbon reduction thru digital delivery

      carbon reduction thru digital delivery
      Product download is now a delivery option for sellers and purchasers of large digital items such as movies, games, and software. A study comparing digital delivery with off-the-shelf retail purchasing gives us an idea of digital download's carbon reduction potential. The WPS study of Microsoft Office distribution concluded that "digital delivery reduced total tonnes of carbon emissions by 88%." Is this a realistic savings for digital delivery purchases from most sellers and distributors? Probably not, for two reasons. First, Microsoft is driving the energy efficiency of its data centers very aggressively, aiming to dramatically reduce the energy going to cooling and other supporting functions. Second, the WPS/Microsoft analysis is based on 10 million downloads, which allows for exceptionally good capacity utilization. Many data centers inside or serving small businesses operate below these efficiency and utilization levels. This is a compelling argument for virtualization and other Green ICT strategies ...
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    3. 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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    4. Infosys Explores All Options in Quest to be Carbon Neutral

      Infosys Explores All Options in Quest to be Carbon Neutral
      Bangalore, India — On World Environment Day this past June, Infosys announced its intention to be a carbon neutral company by 2012. It's an ambitious goal that will touch on every aspect of travel and energy use by the company's 50 facilities and 100,000-plus employees. Infosys has had success so far with travel-reduction, green building and energy efficient initiatives, as reported by Network Computing. The company has reduced electricity use by 10 percent per capita (electricity accounts for 72 percent of Infosys' emissions) and has seen a 30 percent savings in energy use due to a number of office-related measures in place. The company's current and future plans include: * Build only green buildings, setting performance goals during the planning stages to encourage vendors to innovate to meet those goals. * Maximize the use of natural light to reduce energy for lighting and use heat from sunlight to reduce ...
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    5. 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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    6. 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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      Mentions: InfoWorld
    7. 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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      Mentions: Symantec Corp.
    8. Q&A: VMware vice president of server business Raghu Raghuram

      Q&A: VMware vice president of server business Raghu Raghuram
      Iain Thomson at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, V3.co.uk, Wednesday 2 September 2009 at 06:53:00 On beating Microsoft, green computing and future IT management skills Raghu Raghuram has had years of experience in the industry, with spells at Netscape, AOL and latterly VMware. V3.co.uk caught up with him at VMworld 2009 to discuss the virtualisation market, the effects of green computing and the skills IT managers will need to keep their jobs in the future. V3.co.uk: We've heard a lot about Microsoft and its moves within the virtualisation field. Can you just outline the key differences between VMware's approach and Microsoft's? Raghu Raghuram: We've got a couple of distinct differences in how we approach virtualisation and how Microsoft does that. Microsoft sees virtualisation as something that has to do with primarily partitioning a server and delivering the benefits ...
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    9. Green Clouds in Northern Climes

      Green Clouds in Northern Climes
      Iceland, struggling to recover from the financial crisis, may be even better poised to become a green data hub. Not only is its frigid weather a cheap way to cool centers, but 100 percent of the country's energy comes from hydroelectric and geothermal plants. Less than 20 percent of this clean energy has been tapped thus far. Before the economic collapse, Iceland laid a network of undersea fiber-optic cables to mainland Europe and North America, which will make it easy to zip data overseas. The investment is "a pretty bold statement for a country like Iceland," says Jeff Monroe of Verne Global, which is launching a $300 million, 37,000-square-meter data center outside Reykjavik.
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      Mentions: Iceland Europe Google
    10. 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
    11. 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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    12. 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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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. 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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    18. 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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    19. 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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    20. 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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